1/4 Through – Milestones To Look Forward To During The 2012 Major League Baseball Season
Well friends, 1/4 of the 2012 MLB season is in the books so it is time for a peek at the milestones that I hoping would occur during the season. All updates will be posted with the original pre-season report in Green.
Here we go….
Can Ichiro re-capture his ability to collect 200 hits in a season? If so, it will be the 11th time in his 12-year career that he reaches the mark
With 55 hits, Ichiro is well on his way
Can Dan Uggla hit 30 or more home runs for the 6th straight season extending the record for a second baseman?
Uggla has 7 home runs so far. If you recall, he was smoking hot during the second quarter of 2011. Hopefully he picks up the pace a bit…
Can Alex Rodriguez eclipse Willie Mays’ 660 career home runs? He currently rests at 629.
A-Rod has hit 7 home runs this season and rests at 636. 660 is still a posibility!
Can Albert Pujols reach the 500-HR plateau? He needs 55 home runs to reach the mark, and while he has never had a 50-HR season, he has a new ballpark to play in, the ability to play DH, and an entire new league of pitchers to feast on.
He’s been hot as of late, but Pujols has only connected for 7 homers this season. 48 more seems very unlikely.
How long until Miguel Cabrera eclipses the 300-HR mark? He sits at 277 right now, but with Prince Fielder batting behind him, he may be close to this number by the All-Star break.
Cabrera has connected for 8 home runs. He needs just 15 more to reach 300. Should not be a problem.
Roy Halladay needs just 12 wins to reach 200 for his career.
Halladay is 4-4 on the year. He will get 8 more wins, it is just a matter of when.
Tim Hudson needs 19 wins to reach 200 for his career, can he repeat some of the magic that he has had in years past?
After an extended trip on the DL, Hudson is 3-2 i n6 starts. 200 wins seems unlikely, but you never know…
Ryan Braun has had five straight 100+ RBI seasons. Can he repeat this feat without Prince Fielder behind him in the Brewers line-up??
Braun has already collected 34 RBI – he is on his way!!
Tim Lincecum continues to mow down batters. He has five straight seasons of at least 200 or more strikeouts recorded. Will 2012 be year number six??
Lincecum’s numbers are not what they were like during his Cy Young years. Still, he is strking guys out – 58 so far. On his way to 200!!
Alex Rodriguez needs just 107 RBI to move him into 4th place on the All-Time list with 2,000 for his career. A solid campaign could get him there.
A-Rod has only driven in 19 runs so far, 107 is a long ways away, but if he gets hot he can still do it.
So there you have it – These are some of the baseball milestones that I will be tracking as the 2012 season gets under way. Just like in previous seasons, I will offer up recaps of these possible baseball milestones as the season progresses – please stay tuned for that.
What are you going to be watching for this year??
Thanks for reading!!!
I’ll see you during the All-Star break with another update. 🙂