It looks like the Triple Crown is safe for another year.
Carlos Gonzalez, Albert Pujols and Joey Votto all seemed to have a shot at the National League's first Triple Crown since 1937, but it doesn't look like any of the three still have that shot with less than two weeks remaining in the season.
Gonzalez has the batting average lead (.339), while Pujols is tops in home runs (39) and RBI (109). Votto will likely have to settle for the consolation prize of the MVP.
Gonzalez trails Pujols by seven homers and two RBI -- but don't expect a Troy Tulowitzki-like power surge from Gonzalez.
"I can't have the same swing I used to have," Gonzalez told the Denver Post 's Jim Armstrong . "They tape [the right wrist] real well so I don't have to twist my wrist. But I don't like excuses. If I feel good enough to play, I'll play. I have to battle through it."
Gonzalez has been bothered by tendinitis in his right wrist since a foul ball against Jonathan Sanchez on Aug. 30.
In 20 games since that foul ball, Gonzalez has just three homers, but none of his other numbers have suffered, as he's hit .427/.506/.653 in that period, raising his average 13 points. He's been aided by an astounding .492 batting average on balls in play.
"I've been more of a singles hitter," Gonzalez said. "That's the farthest thing I get now -- doubles. The good thing about it is, I'm not hitting enough home runs, but I'm getting on base for Tulo so he can get RBIs."
He's right, he's scored 18 runs in those 20 games and also has eight of his 33 doubles during the stretch.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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