Cabrera’s Triple Crown chase at a glance — Sept. 27
If Miguel Cabrera’s going to pull off the first batting Triple Crown in 45 years, he’s going to have to do it with a tear on the road. His home schedule has ended with a .332 average, 28 home runs, 75 RBIs and a 1.094 OPS at Comerica Park, the home run total setting a single-season record.
Sounds like a tough task. The consolation for Cabrera, at least for this weekend, is that he’s statistically a better hitter at Target Field than he is at Comerica Park.
Cabrera, who sent out the Metrodome with a home run in the Tigers’ AL Central tiebreaker loss in 2009, has ruled the Twins’ new ballpark since it opened in 2010. He’s a .411 (37-for-90) hitter there with 10 doubles, five home runs, 23 RBIs and a 1.179 OPS. Two of those home runs have come this year.
He’s not half-bad at Kauffman Stadium, either, but nothing like here in Minnesota.
Here’s the latest look at where Cabrera stands in the Triple Crown categories:
Batting average: .326 (1st)
Cabrera’s 1-for-4 performance Thursday afternoon dropped his season average by a mere point. The Twins were off, so Joe Mauer’s average stayed at .323, making him Cabrera’s closest competitor at this point. He’ll open the weekend series against Tigers left-hander Drew Smyly, who has held him hitless in five at-bats this season. Mike Trout is down to .320.
Home runs: 42 (tied for 2nd) — Hamilton leads with 43
All of the top sluggers stayed the same on Thursday, leaving Cabrera tied with Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion and one ahead of Adam Dunn. Cabrera has homered twice in six games at Target Field this season.
Runs batted in: 133 (1st)
No change here. The Royals held Cabrera without an RBI for the four-game series, but Hamilton has driven in two runs over his last seven games. Nobody else in the American League has driven in more than 110.
Up next: Cabrera had an RBI double in four at-bats against Scott Diamond last Sunday at Comerica Park. They get a rematch Friday night at Target Field.