Should the Detroit Tigers Sit Triple Crown Candidate Miguel Cabrera?
You're not supposed to rest on your laurels, right?
Well, if you're Miguel Cabrera, you just might want to get some rest before the playoffs begin.
You see, Cabrera hit his 44th home run of the season last night, the catalyst for Detroit clinching the AL Central. He now leads the AL in home runs over Josh Hamilton (43) and has 10 more RBI than the Texas slugger to boot. In terms of batting average, Cabrera is four points ahead of Mike Trout for the batting title.
Thus, Cabrera is in line to win the Triple Crown and would become the first slugger to win the award (in either league) since Carl Yastrzemski did so for the Boston Red Sox in 1967.
If Cabrera sits, he can preserve his average and hope that his home-run total is enough to win baseball's most coveted hitting award for the first time in 45 years. By the same token, sitting could allow Hamilton to overcome his home-run mark.
So, what should Jim Leyland do with his all-world slugger? Start him or sit him?
Watch as Dan Levy gives his take on the situation unfolding in Detroit.
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