After huge game, Miguel Cabrera a legitimate Triple Crown threat

The AL MVP plot thickens. (Getty Images)

Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-4 with two homers, a double, six RBI and three runs in a big Tigers win over the A's, 12-2. The big blow as far as Cabrera's individual stat line is concerned was a grand slam in the eighth. That blast put him in a pretty good position to lead the AL in batting average, home runs and RBI -- a.k.a. the AL Triple Crown. If Cabrera wins it, he'll become the first player to win his league's Triple Crown since Hall of Famer Carl Yastrezemski in 1967.

Cabrera is now hitting .333, leading the AL. In second place is Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who is batting .327 batting average.

After the six RBI Tuesday, Cabrera now has 129 RBI. Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton has 123.

Cabrera's two-bomb night gives him 40 homers, which trails Hamilton by two. Also of note for Cabrera on an individual level, his 39th homer marked a career high and he's now (obviously) reached 40 homers for the first time in his already-stellar career.

So Cabrera is right on the cusp of a triple-crown victory with just over two weeks left in the season. The side storyline here is the AL MVP race. Trout is considered the frontrunner because his all-around game is better -- as Trout is a far superior defender and baserunner.

But wouldn't the first triple crown since the LBJ administration sway some voters? It would be a glorious old-school stat vs. new-school stat debate.

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CBS Sports Writer

Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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