It hasn’t happened since 1967, but oddsmakers believe Miguel Cabrera will make history and become baseball’s first Triple Crown winner in nearly a half century.
Online sportsbook Bovada made the Tigers slugger a -135 to win the coveted honor, which requires a batter to lead his league in home runs, batting average and RBIs. SAs of Monday, he was sitting .341 with 42 homers and 133 RBIs.
He is leading two categories and tied with Texas Ranger John Hamilton for home runs.
Carl Yastrzemski was the last player to win the Triple Crown with the 1967 Boston Red Sox, when he pounded 44 homers, drove in 121 runs and batted .326. Frank Robinson did it the year before for Baltimore, but it has never happened since.
That was the Summer of Love, the arrival of Jimi Hendrix of the world scene and two years before the moon landing.
It’s more common for pitchers, where the Triple Crown includes win, strikeouts and ERA. In 2011, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and Justin Verlander of the Tigers each turned the trick.
Despite the gaudy numbers, Cabrera is not the favorite to win the American League MVP award. Rookie Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels leads the betting odds at at +120.
also posted Cy Young odds, making Mets knuckleballer the unlikely favorite to win the NL prize (4/5 odds) and Tampa Bay lefty David Price the slight favorite to win the AL at 10/11.
Will Miguel Cabrera win the AL Triple Crown?
NL Cy Young - Odds to Win
R.A. Dickey (NYM) 4/5
Gio Gonzalez (WAS) 5/4
Craig Kimbrel (ATL) 5/1
AL Cy Young - Odds to Win
David Price (TB) 10/11
Jered Weaver (LAA) 11/10
Justin Verlander (DET) 4/1
Fernando Rodney (TB) 5/1
NL MVP - Odds to Win
Buster Posey (SF) 5/4
Andrew McCutchen (PIT) 2/1
Ryan Braun (MIL) 5/2
Yadier Molina (STL) 10/1
AL MVP - Odds to Win
Mike Trout (LAA) +120
Miguel Cabrera (DET) -150