A quart of love for the Melk Man

by Bill Chuck on June 20, 2012

The Angels beat the Giants last night, 12-5. In case you haven’t noticed, the Angels have won 20-of-30 and are just two games off the wild card pace and only five behind the Rangers for the lead in the AL West.

Last night Albert Pujols hit a three-run homer, his 11th of the season. Oh, by the way, the Angels are 10-1 in games that Pujols has homered. Albert is hitting .311 this month and a .969 OPS.

Mark Trumbo added a three-run triple while driving in five runs. Trumbo is hitting .316 and has an OPS 1.009, which trails only Paul Konerko (1.025) and Josh Hamilton (1.067). Trumbo is hitting a decent .262 with eight homers on the road, but at home he also has hit eight homers to go along with his .386 average.

Mike Trout matched his career high with four hits to boost his average to .337. He leads the league with 19 steals and after hitting .324 in May, Trout is hitting .394 in June with 11 RBI and 11 steals.

Having said all that, I want to talk about Melky Cabrera, who I  don’t think is getting the love and attention he deserves. Last night, he went 3-for-5 in the loss and he now has a major league-leading 101 hits, breaking Willie Mays‘ 1958 franchise record by needing just 291 plate appearances to get to 100. Mays needed 295 plate appearances.

Cabrera is hitting .369 and has a very quietly outstanding OPS of .945. Perhaps it’s because the Melk Man is not a power hitter that lessens the buzz, but he does have six homers and does lead the league with seven triples.

Last season, Brent Morel of the White Sox came to the plate 444 times and had 101 hits and a .245 batting average. Melky has his 101 hits in 294 plate appearances which means if he doesn’t get a hit in his next 150 PAs he only drops to .245.

Last night, was Cabrera’s 10th game with at least three hits, tying him with Carlos Gonzalez, and trailing only Rafael Furcal (11) and Michael Bourn (12).

Since 1901, 678 members of the Giants franchise had 101 hits in a season, but only 23 have 200+ hits in a season. Since the Giants moved to San Francisco, there have only been three 200+ hit seasons, led by Willie Mays in 1958 who had 208.

Rk Player H Year Tm AB R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Bill Terry 254 1930 NYG 633 139 39 15 23 129 57 33 .401 .452 .619 1.071
2 Freddie Lindstrom 231 1930 NYG 609 127 39 7 22 106 48 33 .379 .425 .575 .999
3 Freddie Lindstrom 231 1928 NYG 646 99 39 9 14 107 25 21 .358 .383 .511 .894
4 Bill Terry 226 1929 NYG 607 103 39 5 14 117 48 35 .372 .418 .522 .941
5 Bill Terry 225 1932 NYG 643 124 42 11 28 117 32 23 .350 .382 .580 .962
6 Frankie Frisch 223 1923 NYG 641 116 32 10 12 111 46 12 .348 .395 .485 .880
7 Mike Donlin 216 1905 NYG 606 124 31 16 7 80 56 41 .356 .413 .495 .908
8 Bill Terry 213 1934 NYG 602 109 30 6 8 83 60 47 .354 .414 .463 .878
9 Bill Terry 213 1931 NYG 611 121 43 20 9 112 47 36 .349 .397 .529 .926
10 Don Mueller 212 1954 NYG 619 90 35 8 4 71 22 17 .342 .363 .444 .807
11 Frankie Frisch 211 1921 NYG 618 121 31 17 8 100 42 28 .341 .384 .485 .870
12 Dave Bancroft 209 1922 NYG 651 117 41 5 4 60 79 27 .321 .397 .418 .815
13 Willie Mays 208 1958 SFG 600 121 33 11 29 96 78 56 .347 .419 .583 1.002
14 Rich Aurilia 206 2001 SFG 636 114 37 5 37 97 47 83 .324 .369 .572 .941
15 Jo-Jo Moore 205 1936 NYG 649 110 29 9 7 63 37 27 .316 .358 .421 .779
16 Rogers Hornsby 205 1927 NYG 568 133 32 9 26 125 86 38 .361 .448 .586 1.035
17 Irish Meusel 204 1922 NYG 617 100 28 17 16 132 35 33 .331 .369 .509 .877
18 Ross Youngs 204 1920 NYG 581 92 27 14 6 78 75 55 .351 .427 .477 .904
19 Hank Leiber 203 1935 NYG 613 110 37 4 22 107 48 29 .331 .389 .512 .901
20 Bill Terry 203 1935 NYG 596 91 32 8 6 64 41 55 .341 .383 .451 .834
21 Jo-Jo Moore 201 1935 NYG 681 108 28 9 15 71 53 24 .295 .353 .429 .782
22 Bobby Bonds 200 1970 SFG 663 134 36 10 26 78 77 189 .302 .375 .504 .879
23 Ross Youngs 200 1923 NYG 596 121 33 12 3 87 73 36 .336 .412 .446 .859
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 6/20/2012.

Since 1971, Rich Aurilia is the only Giant to have 200+ hits, but Cabrera is on his way.

FYI: Cabrera is a free agent after the season.

 


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