Tied with Josh Hamilton for the major league lead at 99 before tonight’s action, Miguel Cabrera struck first Tuesday, knocking in two runs in the Tigers’ 8-4 defeat of the Twins.
Hamilton was held without an RBI as the Rangers were shutout by the Yankees.
Still just 29 years old, Cabrera now has nine 100-RBI seasons to his credit, having reached the plateau in each of his full major league seasons. Only 16 players have more 100-RBI seasons:
14 – Alex Rodriguez
13 – Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth
12 – Barry Bonds, Manny Ramirez, Al Simmons
11 – Hank Aaron, Goose Goslin
10 – Joe Carter, Vladimir Guerrero, Willie Mays, Stan Musial, Rafael Palmeiro, Albert Pujols
When all is said and done, one imagines that either Pujols or Cabrera is going to top the all-time list. Maybe Rodriguez could add a couple of more, but that would require more durability than he’s displayed of late. Pujols, who fell one RBI short of the century mark last year, figures to notch his 11th 100-RBI season this year. He’s just 19 RBI away at the moment.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius had another fantastic night last night. He went 3-for-3, hitting a home run for the fourth game in a row, had an RBI single and reached base safely in all five of his plate appearances in New York’s 7-4 win over Minnesota.
For the year that gives Gregorius a line of .372/.470/.833, putting him atop the American League in average, slugging, OPS, and OPS+. He also leads the league in total bases (65) and RBI (29). He leads all of baseball in fWAR at 2.2, edging out Mike Trout despite the fact that Trout has played in two more games. He’s second behind Trout in homers with nine.
After last night’s game he insisted that he is not a home run hitter:
“I do have a lot of home runs, but it’s not like I am going out there to try to hit them . . . I’m not a power guy like Judge and Stanton, who hit 50 to 60 and up. Those are the guys who actually hit home runs. One year, let’s say, I hit five — then you ask me where that part went . . . if they go out, they go out. I’m just mostly trying to barrel it up and get a good swing . . . I try to hit line drives and if you check most of my home runs they were line drives,” he said. “It’s not like I am going up to hit deep fly balls.”
Given that he hit 25 homers last year and 20 the year before, he’s being a bit modest, even if he’s not likely to keep up this torrid pace. That modesty is not stopping some people from getting a bit carried away, of course:
We’ll forgive Bob for the hyperbole. Didi has been fun to watch.