Mike Trout, last season's American League Rookie of the Year and MVP runner-up, became the youngest AL player to hit for the cycle and third youngest in the major leagues since 1930. Trout's eighth-inning solo shot culminated an evening that followed a single in the third, RBI triple in the fourth, and three-run double in the sixth. Trout drove in five runs, and he leads the team with 34 runs batted in. His slugging percentage (.558) leads the team as well. There is no doubt Trout will be in the mix once again this year for AL MVP, but will he be able to catch Miguel Cabrera?
It was the Miguel Cabrera show last night in Texas, but the Tigers still lost to the Rangers 11-8. Cabrera went 4-for-4 and blasted three home runs that traveled a combined 1,250 feet. Cabrera's third blast was a 404-footer to center in the eighth inning, giving him his first three-home run game since May 28, 2010. Cabrera now owns a .387 batting average this season and he leads all of MLB with 47 RBI. We are watching one of the best pure hitters in the history of the game do what he does best on a nightly basis. The debate this year was should fantasy owners draft Cabrera or Mike Trout with the #1 pick this year. Trout is pretty good too and he continues to heat up at the plate in the last week. Trout has a respectable line (.278 BA, 8 HR, 29 RBI, 29 RUNS, 8 SB) and will continue to be a top tier fantasy player for years to come. But, for every fantasy owner that selected Cabrera with that top pick - you made the right choice.