The 2013 baseball season is about 40 percent finished, but Miguel Cabrera and Troy Tulowitzki are contending for the Triple Crown. Cabrera is leading the AL with a .363 batting average. Jhonny Cabrera his Detroit Tigers teammate and Chris Davis of the Orioles are 25 points behind Cabrera at .338.
Chris Davis leads in home runs in the AL with 20, but Cabrera is only three behind with 17. I look for Cabrera to pass Davis eventually, if Davis hits a cold streak. Cabrera leads in RBI by a large margin, with him having 67 and Davis trailing by 15 RBI with 52.
Troy Tulowitzki isn’t leading in any of the Triple Crown categories, but is in striking distance in all three. He trails batting leader Yadier Molina by 3 points, with Molina hitting .354 and Tulowitzki at .351. Tulowitzki is 3rd in home runs with 16 and only trails Dominic Brown with 19 and Colorado Rockies teammate Carlos Gonzalez with 17. Paul Goldschmidt leads the NL in RBI with 58, with Tulowitzki second with 51.
Puig Finishes First Week In Majors
Yasael Puig excited the Dodger faithful, when he made his major league debut last Monday and continued to hit well as the week went on. Puig finished his first week hitting .364, with 4 HR’s and 10 RBI. Puig leads the Dodgers in all four percentage statistics, with a .364 batting average, a .483 OBP, slugging percentage of .964 and a 1.447 OPS. He has already hit as many homers (4) as Andre Ethier in only 28 at bats, while Ethier has four in 201 at bats. The Dodgers were 4-3 during Puig’s first week with the team. The Dodgers still need someone besides Adrian Gonzalez and Yasiel Puig to lead the team offensively. The attendance for Puig’s debut was 37,055 and increased each game through Saturday, when 52,716 showed up for the 2-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves. For some reason the attendance dropped to 39,028 yesterday, which was a drop of over 13,000 fans. Nobody expects Puig to keep hitting like he did the first week, but even when he levels out he should be a much better hitter, than an average major league hitter.
Buchholz Leads AL in Wins and ERA
Clay Buchholz leads the AL in wins with 9 and in ERA at 1.71. Buchholz has allowed more than two runs, in a game only once in twelve starts. ESPN projects Buchholz to post a 23-0 record in 2013. The stat that jumps out at me is that he has allowed only two home runs in 84 innings. ESPN projects Buchholz to allow five home runs in 213 innings, which is very few home runs, over that many innings in a season.
Blue Jays Moves Possible
With the Blue Jays firmly ensconced in last place in the AL East there could be some moves made, before the trading deadline in July. The Blue Jays were anticipating the 2013 season with high hopes, after the acquisition of Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson and R.A. Dickey. However all three have been a disaster for the most part with the three starters combining for only seven wins in 32 starts. Dickey has been hammered with him allowing six runs in two starts and giving up seven runs in two other starts.
Jose Reyes was hitting .395 when he went on the DL, but only played in 10 games. Melky Cabrera is not hitting with power with only three home runs and 23 RBI in 27 at bats. Meanwhile Mark DeRosa who has batted only 81 times has one more home run than Cabrera with four and only two less RBI with 21 than Cabrera.
Matt Adams Slugging .552 As Bench Player
The Cardinals may feel fortunate to have so much depth, that Matt Adams is a bench player despite his hefty .552 slugging percentage, not to mention his .313 batting average. However the 24-year-old Adams can’t be too happy to be in this situation much longer, but the Cardinals have no plans to trade him. Adams has nothing to prove in the minors having a .318 lifetime batting average and a .563 slugging percentage, while hitting 83 home runs and driving in 293 runs. His presence does give the Cardinals flexibility, if another player is injured during the season.
Around the Bases…..
Carlos Zambrano doesn’t like pitching in relief, but has pitched well in the minors with a 2-0 and 0.55 ERA, while pitching for Clearwater in A+ ball and Reading in AA ball. He has allowed one run and struck out 12 in 16 innings….It was no surprise that the New York Mets released Rick Ankiel and demoted Ike Davis to the minors. Ankiel fared no better with the Mets, than he had with the Houston Astros earlier this season. The Mets were very patient with Davis hoping he would regain the magic of the last half of the 2012 season. He had five home runs at the end of May in 2012, but wound up hitting 32 home runs for the season. Davis only played 55 games in AA and 10 games in AAA, before being called up by the Mets, so maybe he was too rushed to fully develop as a major league caliber player.
Derek Lowe has apparently played his last major league game as a major leaguer at the age of 40. He posted a 176-157 record in the majors, before being released by the Texas Rangers last month….Jose Iglesias who has been filling in for Will Middlebrooks at third base for the Boston Red Sox may be in the same situation as Matt Adams of the Cardinals, when Middlebrooks returns. Iglesias hits for average, but can hit with the power that Middlebrooks can provide. Iglesias should see little playing time, upon the return of Middlebrooks. Iglesias is currently in the middle of a 13 game hitting streak. He has hit consistently over .400, while hitting .450 in April, .423 in May and .464 and is currently hitting .446. He is hitting an astounding .536 against lefthanders, hitting .486 on the road and is hitting much better than the .118 he hit for Red Sox in 2012. Iglesias has no power with two home runs in 148 major league at bats and has not shown much speed with two stolen bases in 57 games.