John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
Miguel Cabrera continues his pursuit of baseball history.
With just two games remaining, Miguel Cabrera leads the American League in home runs, RBIs, and batting average. He's in position to become the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrzemski in 1967.
Dating back to 1878, it is a feat that has been accomplished only 15 times. Babe Ruth never won a triple crown, neither did Willie Mays or Barry Bonds.
On Monday, Cabrera had four hits, including a home run. This gave him sole possession of the AL home run lead, even though a tie would still count towards the Triple Crown (Yastrzemski tied Harmon Killebrew for home runs in '67). His mark of 44 homers is one better than Josh Hamilton's 43, and two ahead of Edwin Encarnacion.
Cabrera is in little danger of losing his lead in RBIs, where he is 10 ahead of Hamilton.
The race for batting average is still very close. Cabrera is hitting .329, which is slightly better than Mike Trout's mark of .325.
On Tuesday, Cabrera will face Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie, against whom he has hit .304 with two home runs in 23 career at-bats.