Although the Detroit Tigers chances to make the playoffs are starting to fade, Miguel Cabrera’s chances of making history are rising. After a two home run and six RBI performance against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday, Cabrera is now leading the American League in RBIs and batting average, and just two homers back of league leader Josh Hamilton.
If Cabrera remains hot through the team’s last 15 games, he could be Major League Baseball’s first Triple Crown winner since 1967.
Cabrera has a favorable path to the rare achievement. After two more game against the Oakland A’s, the Tigers finish the season with two series against the Minnesota Twins and two series against the Kansas City Royals. The Twins have the worst pitching staff in the AL with an overall 4.82 ERA. The Royals aren’t much better and rank 10 in the AL with a 4.28 overall ERA. Continue reading
Welcome to Who’s Hot, Who’s Not, my new weekly feature where I’ll shine the spotlight on a handful of players who have killed it for their fantasy owners, plus another few whose struggles are killing their owners. Off we go!
Hottest of the Hot:
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh – For the season, McCutchen is hitting .371/.426/.644 (1st in the NL) and boasts a 1.075 OPS (also 1st in the NL). He’s smacked 22 homers, driven in 65 runs, scored 65, and swiped 14 bases. He’s already been worth 5.2 WAR (Wins Above Replacement Player), which is a fantastic SEASON for most players.
His park-adjusted OPS+ is a staggering 195. That is not a typo. McCutchen has been nearly twice as good as a league-average player this season.
In short, there is no player in either league as vital to his team.
The reason he’s at the top of this list, though, is this: recently he enjoyed a stretch where he went 49 for 100 at the plate. That’s not just a hot streak; those are high school or beer-league softball numbers. Continue reading
As we begin to hit the period of critical mass in the 2012 Major League Baseball season, the rumor mill has begun to swirl with trade gossip and the always fun topic of figuring out the teams that will be playing buyers and sellers during that last week of July.
Than you all for reading my series here on www.getrealbaseball.com. We have ripped through five of the six divisions and today we reach our finale –
the American League West – home of the two-time defending AL Champion Texas Rangers, the loaded Los Angeles Angels, and two other teams.
American League West
The Texas Rangers have enjoyed the most success in their 40-year history in Arlington over the past three years. The two-time defending A.L. Pennant winners are currently riding the best record in baseball and despite that, they continue to add talent and look for another big deal to solidify their roster this summer (Zack Greinke, anyone?). Continue reading