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Triple Crown Watch: Albert Pujols vs. Joey Votto

Aug 30, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

Not only does Omar Infante (and his .341 batting average) still loom as a potential Triple Crown spoiler if he can get near the plate appearances necessary to qualify for the batting title, Carlos Gonzalez of the Rockies has emerged as a Triple Crown darkhorse himself.
Gonzalez has taken over the batting average lead at .326, just narrowly ahead of Joey Votto at .325 and Albert Pujols and .320, and ranks just five RBIs behind Pujols for the league lead.
Gonzalez trails Pujols by six homers, which is why he’s not quite fully in the Triple Crown discussion for now, but he’s one big week away from making it a three-man race for the first Triple Crown since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.

Carlos Gonzalez   .326
JOEY VOTTO        .325
JOEY VOTTO         32
Adam Dunn          32
Carlos Gonzalez    29
JOEY VOTTO         93
Carlos Gonzalez    90
  1. scatterbrian - Aug 30, 2010 at 4:18 PM

    CarGo’s splits are pretty ugly:
    Home: .386/.431/.781/1.212, 23 HRs
    Away: .267/.286/.411/.697, 6 HRs

  2. WhoDeySood5 - Aug 30, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Votto should be MVP, Poop holes’ role hasn’t increased/changed w/the cards and his #’s are no better than they have always been. For a club who has been consistently out of the playoffs for the past 10 years, Votto has meant WAY MORE to his team THIS YEAR

  3. Dan in Katonah - Aug 30, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    I agree Votto has done a great job of making the Reds a contender, but how can you bash Pujols for not changing his role with the Cards and having numbers the same as they’ve always been? His numbers have always been MVP caliber and should be measured against the league. Saying he isn’t better than he was in the past is a ridiculous bar to set. Nobody can consistently meet that standard, except Albert. Quite simply, he is possibly the best hitter ever.

  4. Ernie Scribner - Aug 30, 2010 at 7:32 PM

    Even if CarGo wins the Triple Crown he won’t be named MVP. Witness Tulo’s snub for Rookie of the Year three years ago. The national media doesn’t even realize there is a baseball team in Denver. That’s understandable, as the Colorado media doesn’t realize it, either. Last night on the local sports, it was all about a meaningless Broncos’ pre-season game. Fowler’s two triples and CarGo’s batting went unnoticed on the news. So did Manny’s ejection in the middle of an at-bat! It’s a shame because the Rockies drew a good crowd at the ballgame yesterday, and, with six wins in their last seven games, Colorado isn’t a bad team.

  5. Tim - Aug 30, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    I’m not really sure why you’re bringing this up, since the post is about the Triple Crown, not the MVP race. I’m also not really sure what “Poop holes’ role hasn’t increased/changed.” His role is being the best hitter on the planet. Why that should change, I do not understand.
    Now, having said that, these guys are so close this year that the MVP really should be determined by which team wins the division. The only way that shouldn’t be a factor is if one of them DOES win the triple crown.

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