National League Triple Crown Race- Cody Bellinger vs Christian Yelich
Now that August baseball is underway, I started to look closer at the stats column and realized there is a triple crown race brewing in the National League. Prior to 2012, I didn’t think I would see a winner in my life, then Miguel Cabrera made it a reality.
I was born in 1969, and until 2012, I was correct. The last being Carl Yastrzemski in 1967, for the American League and Joe Medwick in 1937 for the National League. That’s 81 years and counting for the senior circuit. This year’s race has two chasers. Which one will get there, or will someone else upstage the other in one category? Possibly one or the other could keep there from being a winner as well.
What is the Triple Crown
For those unfamiliar with the triple crown, a player must lead his league, either American or National, in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in. To show how difficult this task is, it’s only been done 17 times in 150 years of MLB history. Its been done twice by the same player. Ted Williams in 1942 and again in 1947, and Rogers Hornsby in 1922 and 1925. Upwards of 20,000 players have played in the MLB and only 15 have won this award. That my friends is one exclusive club to be a part of. This year, Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers look to take their place amongst the elite.
|Race to the Triple Crown||HR||RBI||AVG|
For HR’s, these two are #1 and #2. The closest competitors are Pete Alonso (34) and Hunter Renfroe (30).
For RBI’s, they are sitting in 4th and 7th, Bellinger has the advantage here, but the leader Josh Bell is only at 89.
Batting AVG, Yelich is 2nd and Bellinger 3rd behind Jeff McNeil, whose at .336.
However, there’s a lot of baseball to be played before this season concludes, and a lot of variables come into play for someone to win this award, but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing if one of these players can pull this off.
Coming down to the end of September, there are pennant races being decided and a lot of shuffling for positions for the playoffs and this is an added bonus that could make September 29th a very special day.