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Tracking Triple Milestones – 2012

June 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

With the season nearing the halfway point, it’s a good time to check  on hitters that are on target for the triple milestones of a .300 batting average, 30 home runs and 100 RBIs and which pitchers are on a pace for 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00.

Since pitchers have recorded a number of extraordinary feats this year, it’s not surprising that an unusually high number of pitchers are on track for the triple milestones.   Last year, only two made it and this year there are five on track, the highest number since 1971, when Ferguson Jenkins, Tom Seaver, Vida Blue, Mickey Lolich and Wilbur Wood all made it.

Here are the pitchers that are on target for the triple milestones of 20 wins, 200 strikeouts and an ERA under 3.00 through games of June 24:

Pitcher Team

Wins

Strikeouts

ERA

R.A. Dickey NYM

11

196

2.31

David Price TB

10

  90

2.95

Matt Cain SF

  9

107

2.27

Gio Gonzalez WAS

  9

101

2.55

Steven Strasburg WAS

  9

110

2.45

 

The two pitchers that made it last year and also captured the triple crown in their leagues, Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw, are again pitching well, but are short on wins.

While 2012 appears to be a pitchers year, a surprisingly high number of hitters are having standout seasons.  Ten hitters are on target for triple milestones, up from seven that made it last year:

Player

Team

BAVG

HR

RBI

Josh Hamilton

TX

.319

22

64

Carlos Beltran

STL

.308

20

56

Ryan Braun

MIL

.319

20

52

David Ortiz

BOS

.300

18

49

Carlos Gonzalez

COL

.328

17

53

Mark Trumbo

LAA

.316

17

49

Miguel Cabrera

DET

.301

15

56

Joey Votto

CIN

.359

14

47

Adrian Beltre

TX

.323

13

49

Andrew McCutcheon

PIT

.340

13

45

 

Of the seven who made it last year, only Braun and Cabrera are repeating in 2012.  Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury and Troy Tulowitzki have been derailed by injuries.  Paul Konerko is short of RBIs and Jose Batista is not hitting for average this year.

Not all of the pitchers and players on these lists are likely to remain there at the end of the year due to the possibility of injuries, slumps or, in some cases, regression to the norm.  Also, there are several players like Matt Hol[iday, Robinson Cano, Prince Fielder and Adam Jones who are close and could join the list if they keep producing.

Where is Albert Pujols who has 10 triple milestone seasons to his credit?  At .259-11-44, he has a long ways to go but don’t count him out.

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