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.
Yadier Molina has two World Series rings, multiple Gold Gloves, Platinum Gloves, All-Star appearances and a Silver Slugger award. He now has an all-time record too.
The record: the most games caught with one team. Last night he caught his 1756th career game with the Cardinals, with ties him with Gabby Hartnett of the Cubs, who last caught in 1941 and set the record in 1940, his last season with Chicago. Molina will break the record next time he dons the tools of ignorance, likely tonight against the Phillies.
Given how badly catchers get beaten up — and Molina has taken a beating at times in his career — and given how well mastery of the position leads to a catcher earning journeyman status, as it were, it’s quite a thing to catch that many games for one team.
Given that Molina is under contract with the Cardinals for two more seasons and has stated his desire to retire a Cardinal many times, he’s likely to put that record so far out of reach that it’ll likely take at least another 78 years to break it, if indeed it is ever broken.