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.
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.
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.