Out since July 3 with a strained calf, Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera is scheduled to come off the disabled list and rejoin the active roster Friday.
It sounds like the Tigers may limit Cabrera’s workload early on, perhaps giving him a couple days off per week now that the playoffs are all but out of the question for the 54-59 team.
Cabrera was having another MVP-caliber season before the injury, hitting .350 with 15 homers and a 1.034 OPS in 77 games. This is the first disabled list stint of his 13-year career, as Cabrera averaged 157 games per season from 2004-2014.
Here’s an odd stat: Detroit’s lineup has averaged 4.3 runs per game in Cabrera’s absence. Prior to his injury Detroit’s lineup averaged 4.4 runs per game.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.