Stat geek: Numbers, analysis of Indians, baseball — May 11

27 — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz carried a 27-game hitting streak that extended from last season into Wednesday but had it snapped after an 0-5 day. It’s the longest hitting streak in Boston since Johnny Damon hit safely in 29 consecutive games in 2005. The longest streak to extend over two seasons still belongs to Jimmy Rollins of the Philadelphia Phillies, who put together a 38-game streak between 2005-06.

.382 — Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, last year’s Triple Crown and MVP winner, is again leading the American League in batting average with a .382 mark. If he could again win the batting title, it would be his third in a row, making him only the ninth player to do so. He also would be the first right-handed hitter to pull it off since Honus Wagner of the Pittsburgh Pirates did it 90 years ago, per David Schoenfield of ESPN.

37 — Cabrera also leads the American League with 37 RBI (his Tigers teammate, Prince Fielder, is in second with 32). His 37 RBI in 32 games puts him on pace for 187 for the season, only four behind Hack Wilson’s record of 191 with the Chicago Cubs in 1930. Manny Ramirez’s 165 RBI in 1999 with the Indians are the most since 1950.

.533 — For Cabrera to keep up these paces would be perhaps just as impressive as winning the Triple Crown last season. But if one number indicates he might, it’s that he’s hitting .533 with runners in scoring position.

WAR update — Wins Above Replacement — Thanks to Cabrera’s shortcomings at third base, he’s not the league leader in WAR (he’s fourth with a 1.9). Three players are at or above a 2.0, meaning they’ve given their teams two more wins than an average player would have at their position already. Those are Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez (2.6), Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (2.3) and Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton. Indians catcher Carlos Santana is their top player and is tied with Cabrera at 1.9.

— Ryan Lewis


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