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Triple Crown Watch

Oct 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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The latest on Miguel Cabrera‘s chase for the Triple Crown:

Batting Leaders

1. Miguel Cabrera   .329
2. Mike Trout   .325
3. Joe Mauer   .322
Home Run Leaders

1. Miguel Cabrera  44
2. Josh Hamilton  43
3. Edwin Encarnacion  42

RBI Leaders

1. Miguel Cabrera  137
2. Josh Hamilton  127

Among those leaders, the only player on a team with something left to play for is Hamilton, whose Rangers are trying to fend off the A’s for the AL West.  In light of that, one question worth asking is whether Jim Leyland give Cabrera a day off either today or tomorrow?

If the Triple Crown wasn’t on the line it would seem like a no-brainer — rest the horse you rode to get here — but with such a slim lead in the home run chase and Hamilton’s ability to hit them in bunches, who knows?  Of course a day off could theoretically help him in the batting average race. Though after a 4 for 5 day, he is kinda hot.

Oh well. Something to watch for if you don’t care about the A’s-Rangers or the Cardinals-Dodgers.

  1. willclarkgameface - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Ted Williams says PLAY!

    Don’t sit out if you’ve got this to win despite the fact that it’s really kinda…whatever.

    But who cares? It’s a “thing” in baseball to win the Triple Crown so GO DO IT!

    • ezthinking - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      Miggy said after the game he was going to play. Said it was too boring to sit on the bench.

  2. legacybroken - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    Tigers fans will be watching.

  3. ninjapleazee - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

    I stopped caring about records ever since Sosa and McGuire were busted on roids.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:51 AM

      I didn’t realize they were ever “busted on roids.”
      When did this happen?

    • mkd - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:33 PM

      You’re aware that “records” are just the accumulated totals of in-game events, right? When you say you don’t care about records you’re basically saying you don’t care about the things that happen in baseball games. Which is a silly thing to say because the things that happen in baseball games are fun and awesome.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        Mkd: Outstanding! Hahaha!
        Way to break it down for him at the most simplistic levels.
        Maybe Ole’ Mr. Obvious will grasp it. Maybe not. Either way…well done.

  4. proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    Encarnacion is hurting and did not play yesterday. Doubt that he will hit any more home runs.

    • cur68 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      Don’t be giving up hope, PC. He comes in as a pinch hitter, he could easily get one. Does that again tomorrow, another. He could spoil it for Miggy. I sure hope he does. It would be just CAKE if he did. C’mon E5….

      • historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:15 PM

        Dang you, Cur, dang you to heck!

  5. Detroit Michael - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    The triple crown chase just doesn’t seem to get enough media attention! In this very post, less than 7% of the words consist of “triple,” “crown,” “Miguel” and “Cabrera.” It’s a travesty, I tell ya.

  6. nolanwiffle - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Frankly, I didn’t think we’d ever see another Triple Crown winner. I’m pulling for him.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

      With you Nolan. I am hoping he seals the deal as well.

  7. darthicarus - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    I don’t see Cabrera sitting, Leyland had a hard enough time convincing him to sit the one game after he got hurt that benching him while “healthy” doesn’t seem like something Miguel would go for. Plus, I believe Cabrera is the type of guy who would rather lose one of the categories while playing than sitting and hoping the guys chasing try to catch up to him.

    • proudlycanadian - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      I give Cabrera a lot of credit for willingly changing positions in order to accommodate Fielder. That position switch was a MVP type of move.

      • skipperxc - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

        Maybe that’s why A-Rod won MVPs and Jeter didn’t; Jeter didn’t move to third to accommodate him.

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        “Maybe that’s why A-Rod won MVPs and Jeter didn’t; Jeter didn’t move to third to accommodate him.”

        Also, A-Rod was a much better player. That was also a factor.

      • skipperxc - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Well yeah, but it wasn’t like Jeter didn’t deserve one or two at some point. CLEARLY this was the reason why he didn’t get them. The narrative, man, think of the narrative!

      • thefalcon123 - Oct 2, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        Pfffffffffffffft. 1 or 2?

        He only didn’t deserve it in 2005 and 2007. He literally should have won it every other season.

        You know what? He deserved it in 2005 and 2007 as well. Even with inferior play, what is more valuable than that dreamlike smile warming your soul every time you set foot in the ballpark?

      • scatterbrian - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM

        In 2005 and 2007, he played poorly enough to motivate his teammates into playing better. That’s a leader, and the stuff MVPs are made of…

      • historiophiliac - Oct 2, 2012 at 1:19 PM

        Hey, it worked for Chipper.

  8. gerryb323 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Honest question. Is the Triple Crown an award? Or is it an “award” like Melky’s “Batting Title” is an “award”?

    • Paul Zummo - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

      It’s not so much an award as a really neat achievement – like hitting for the cycle (well, more impressive than that, but you get the idea). There’s no trophy associated with it, though I’m sure the Tigers will present him with some kind of commemoration for it.

      • Utley's Hair - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

        Like a big check or something…though I don’t think they’d give him a car after, ya know…

      • gerryb323 - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

        Makes sense. Didn’t know if there was actually a mythical crown out there that they would come place on Miggy’s head. The last time this happened was well before I was born, so yeah, pretty nice achievement well worth recognition.

      • foreverchipper10 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:18 PM

        A one-year supply of Little Caesar’s sounds about right to me.

  9. witeman10 - Oct 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    The question of whether or not to sit Cabrera is extremely compelling. There are many angles at play here. From both the health standpoint and the triple crown standpoint. Obviously you want him healthy and rested for the playoffs, but sitting him could cost him the HR title and triple crown. Although, playing him could also cost him the triple crown if he loses the batting title as a result. It’s a huge toss up with many things to take into consideration.

    That said, I’d say play him at DH as a way of getting him rest and have him try to earn that triple crown the right way. If they do sit him, I hope it’s just for health reasons and not to protect his batting title a la Jose Reyes.

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:53 AM

      Great point(s) wit. If I am Leyland…I am going to do nothing different. No changes in the routine whatsoever. Which means he plays every day at 3rd.

  10. gunpowderjones - Oct 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

    A’s and Rangers have a day game tomorrow. So he will know if he needs to hold off Hamilton

  11. frank433 - Oct 2, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Last year when they clinched he said he wanted to play the next day to help show the young guys how important it is to be ready to play everyday. I bet he plays both remaining games.

  12. florida727 - Oct 2, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    He’ll play. Why wouldn’t he? His confidence level has to be sky-high right now. Factor in his wanting to show the younger guys how it’s done and his hating to sit, as others have mentioned, and it all adds up to him wanting to win it, not have it handed to him because someone else couldn’t do something about it. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him have two more great games at the plate. All it’ll do is boost his momentum heading into the post-season. Hope he pulls it off. Heck, last time it happened I was THIRTEEN YEARS OLD. This is pretty cool.

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