|Miguel Cabrera has a spot ready atop his head for a crown -- or three. (US Presswire)|
With his sixth-inning home run in Kansas City, Miguel Cabrera is now alone in first place in all three triple crown categories, leading the American League with 44 home runs, a .329 average and 137 RBI. That, my friends, is known as the triple crown, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 1967 -- 16 years before Cabrera was born.
Monday was a pretty good day for Cabrera, not only did he homer, he also went 4 for 5 and the Tigers wrapped up the American League Central.
So with that in the background, let's look at the triple crown categories with two games remaining…
Mike Trout .325
Joe Mauer .322
Like Cabrera, Trout went 4 for 5 on Monday, finishing a homer short of the cycle against the Mariners. Trout improved his average to .325, while Mauer went 1 for 5, allowing the rookie to leapfrog the three-time batting champ.
Josh Hamilton 43
Edwin Encarnacion 42
Adam Dunn 41
Curtis Granderson 41
Of the three categories, this is the only one that's unsettled, but with Cabrera in the lead, it's looking good.
With two games left, this one's in the bag.