There are a lot of great stories among the many teams in Major League Baseball but for me one of the best is the saga of Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera hunting the first ever back to back triple crown. He has had average locked up for a while and RBI as well with home runs the only stat that he needs to catch someone else in. There were some changes this week however and his chances might have dropped a little on some people’s radar. I don’t think so but he does have more to worry about than he did before.
First of all Chris Davis didn’t really homer a lot over the past couple of weeks. That is great because Cabrera actually missed three games in a row and the better part of the two before that. Davis, if on a hot streak, could have put the home run race away right there. He didn’t though and Cabrera is feeling healthy and only four back from Davis in that area.
The extra worries he has gained are in the health category however. Any time a big power hitter has a groin or abdominal issue; it can be something that needs a lot of time to get right. If he has to miss a lot of time because of aggravating something, it could take his shot at the crown away. His manager is doing a great job of managing that situation however so I think he is in good shape there. He won’t play if he can’t do so without getting hurt.
The other problem is batting average. Miggy is doing fine but Los Angeles Angels second year superhero Mike Trout is doing quite well too. Average doesn’t rise easily at this point in the season but Trout is only twenty-something behind Cabrera with a few weeks to go. Especially because of the health situation, it could end up that Trout threatens Cabrera in the average category as well. How dramatic is all of that huh? It is a great story that we’ll have to keep watching.