Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
With three games remaining, Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera is currently leading or tied for the American League lead in all three Triple Crown categories.
Just three games away from capping off one of the most historic individual seasons in Major League Baseball history, Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera will bring the lead in all three Triple Crown categories into his team's three-game series with Kansas City on Monday.
Cabrera remains tied with Texas outfielder Josh Hamilton for the league's home run crown at 43, but will have to watch out for a late push by Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion (42) and Adam Dunn of the White Sox (41). Although the runaway MVP winner holds the American League's outright lead in RBI by 10 runs over Hamilton, his next closest competitor, Cabrera is clinging to an extremely thin lead in batting average in a tight race.
With a narrow advantage over Minnesota's Joe Mauer in batting average at the moment, .325 to .323, Cabrera will need to remain sharp over his final three games in order to stay on pace with history. Angels rookie Mike Trout and Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre also sit at .322 and .321 respectively to add even more pressure on Cabrera's shoulders.
Cabrera is expected to face Kansas City starters Bruce Chen, Jeremy Guthrie and Luis Mendoza over the three-game series. Though he has only knocked out one home run over his last nine games, Cabrera has produced three home runs against Chen and two against Guthrie over his career.