Ruth, Gehrig, Jeter … and Lorenzo Cain
Lorenzo Cain is in good company. It’s just him and three Yankee legends.
In his last eight games, the Kansas City Royals’ All-Star center fielder has done a little bit of everything — and in some cases, more than a little bit. In that span, Cain has 15 hits, four doubles, four home runs, nine RBIs, nine runs scored and two stolen bases, all while leading Kansas City to seven wins. Since RBI became an official statistic in 1920, only three other American League players can make the same claim.
The AL players who did it prior to 2015: Babe Ruth in 1920, Lou Gehrig in 1927 and Derek Jeter in 2004.
And now, LoCain.
Cain and the Royals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for three games this week, and both have strong interleague records. Over the past three seasons, in fact, the Royals and Pirates have been two of baseball’s best in interleague contests.
The Royals are 9-1 in their last 10 interleague games.
BEST RECORD IN INTERLEAGUE GAMES SINCE 2013
|Kansas City Royals||33-20||.623|
|Toronto Blue Jays||32-21||.604|
|Boston Red Sox||31-21||.596|
Although his record doesn’t show it, Royals starter Yordano Ventura is pitching much better against National League opponents than against AL teams in 2015.
ROYALS IN THEIR LAST 10 INTERLEAGUE GAMES
|Runs per game||4.8||1.9|
|Batting average with runners in scoring position||.378||.191|
PIRATES IN THEIR LAST 10 INTERLEAGUE GAMES
|Runs per game||5.0||2.3|
YORDANO VENTURA VS. AL AND NL IN 2015
|Statistic||Vs. American League||Vs. National League|
|Opponent batting average||.280||.200|
ACTIVE PLAYERS, HIGHEST CAREER ON-BASE PERCENTAGE IN INTERLEAGUE GAMES
|Player||Current team||On-base percentage|
|Andrew McCutchen||Pittsburgh Pirates||.413|
|Albert Pujols||Los Angeles Angels||.406|
|Joe Mauer||Minnesota Twins||.402|
|Joey Votto||Cincinnati Reds||.401|
|Nick Markakis||Atlanta Braves||.396|