Just minutes ago, Cuban José Dariel Abreu became the first player to exceed 100 RBIs this year in the best baseball in the world.
It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning of the White Sox-Cubs clash. Pito appeared with a bases loaded and hit a ground rule double off Kyle Hendricks’ sinker, thus signing his 100th and 101st RBIs of the season.
What follows are some notes on the driving greatness of the Mal Tiempo slugger.
* Since he arrived in the Major Leagues in 2014, only in two seasons he did not reach a hundred trailers. One, in 2018, when physical problems limited him to 128 games. The other, in the 2020 minicampaign (60 crashes per team), in which he finished as leader in the department. And MVP of the American League.
*His championship with the most RBIs was in 2019: then he chartered 123 races in 159 challenges, at a rate of 0.77 per game. However, in 2020 it has a higher average of 0.81 (101 in 125). Be careful with that.
*In the history, only seven players have won three consecutive RBI crowns. Namely, Cap Anson (twice, from 1880 to 1882 and from 1884 to 1886), Ty Cobb (1907-1909), Babe Ruth (1919-1921), Rogers Hornsby (1920-1922), Joe Medwick (1936- 1938), George Foster (1977-1979) and Cecil Fielder (1990-1992). Can Bad Weather set itself up in the eighth?
*Right now, the man from Cienfuegos leads the MLB with seven stripes over his closest pursuer, Rafael Devers (Boston). Then come Salvador Pérez (Kansas, 92), Vladimir Guerrero (Toronto, 91) and Austin Meadows (Tampa, 91).
* His breed of born pusher is tested by a .317 / .390 / .565 slash line with runners in scoring position. And in clutch situations (two outs and men at second and / or third), the offensive line is equally impressive: .309 / .404 / .568.
* From its premiere to the current, only Nolan Arenado (792) has driven more races than him (772). And just a third man has exceeded 700 RBIs in that span, Dominican Nelson Cruz (733).
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