After what happened on the West Coast Tuesday night, the Triple Crown all but belongs to Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera. Unless Texas' Josh Hamilton hits two homers this afternoon in Oakland, Cabrera likely can win the American League's Triple Crown without playing in tonight's season finale in Kansas City. Hamilton didn't homer Tuesday night in Oakland. He trails Cabrera by one homer, 44-43. Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion has 42 homers, but he hasn't played the last two nights because of a sore left shoulder and neck. If Cabrera doesn't homer tonight, Encarnacion would need a three-homer game tonight against Minnesota to overtake Cabrera and deny him the Triple Crown. Cabrera can tie for the home-run title and still be considered baseball's first Triple Crown winner since Boston's Carl Yastrzemski in 1967 (when Yaz tied Harmon Killebrew for the home-run title). Cabrera has the RBI title locked up. In the third Triple Crown category, the batting race, Cabrera pulled away on Tuesday night from the only man who can still catch him, the Angels' Mike Trout. Even if Cabrera doesn't play today, Trout would have to go 6-for-6 to catch him. Trout fell seven points behind Cabrera on Tuesday night when Cabrera went 2-for-3 and then Trout went 1-for-5 in Seattle. Hamilton's game today starts 4 1/2 hours before the Tigers' game, so Leyland and Cabrera should know by game time what Hamilton's final home-run total is. Trout's game starts 1 1/2 hours before the Tigers' game, and he should have batted a few times before the Tigers game begins.
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera has all but locked up Triple Crown
Detroit Free Press | Oct 3