RBI is not a predictive stat and it relies far too heavily on the performance of others, but let’s just go ahead and note that — here on May 5 — Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is on pace to drive in 201 runs.
Cabrera went 4-for-4 with two homers and six RBI in Detroit’s 17-2 rout of the Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park and now boasts a .390/.467/.627 batting line, six home runs, eight doubles, 26 runs scored and 36 RBI through 137 plate appearances this year. He’s drawn 16 walks — two intentional.
“I was feeling good out there today,” the 30-year-old third baseman told reporters late Saturday. “I was swinging the bat good, and when you swing the bat good, good things happen.”
Hack Wilson set the single-season RBI record in 1930 at 191. Lou Gehrig had 184 RBI in 1931.
The only modern player high on that leaderboard is Manny Ramirez, who had 165 RBI in 1999.
Matt Carpenter pulled his weight and then some during the Cardinals’ 18-5 win on Friday, becoming just the second player in MLB history to tally three home runs and two doubles in the same game… and the first-ever to do so in the first six innings of a single game.
Carpenter wasted little time getting the Cardinals on the board, first drawing a full count against Cubs lefty Jon Lester, then ricocheting a 92.4-MPH fastball off the scoreboard in right field for a leadoff home run. He returned in the second inning for another two-run shot and capped a seven-run spread in the fifth with an RBI double (his first double of the game was a leadoff hit in the fourth) before polishing off his performance with a third, three-run homer in the sixth.
Following Friday’s explosive five-run, seven-RBI performance, Carpenter is now batting .274/.381/.576 on the year with 23 home runs, 30 doubles and a .957 OPS in 388 PA. The last player to record five extra-base hits in one game was the Cubs’ Kris Bryant, who collected four runs and six RBI for the team back in June 2016. As MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch pointed out, Carpenter might have set another franchise record for most home runs in a game had interim manager Mike Shildt not removed him from the game in the bottom of the sixth. The record is still held by former club outfielder Mark Whiten, who collected four home runs (and a staggering 12 RBI) against the Reds in September 1993.