Last weekend, I wrote a tongue-in-cheek WFNY Stats & Info post about a prop bet (h/t @neatgibson): What would be more, Jason Giambi’s home runs or Cleveland Browns wins?
Well, ever since, Giambi has been on an absolute tear for the Indians. He tied Tuesday afternoon’s game against Cincinnati with a eighth-inning home run. He was the star of Thursday evening’s game against the Reds with a three-run homer and an double. Now on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays, he has homered again and drove in three more.
MLB.com’s Zack Meisel shared the following stat about something the 42-year-old Giambi now has in common with the reigning Triple Crown winner:
Miguel Cabrera and Jason Giambi are both averaging an RBI every 3.57 at-bats. Co-MVPs?
— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) June 1, 2013
No Indians slugger homered in at least three straight games in 2012. Three players — Asdrubal Cabrera (3 games, 9/19-9/22), Carlos Santana (3 games, 4/28-4/30) and Jason Kipnis (4 games, 7/31-83) — pulled that off in the 2011 season. The last time Giambi did that feat: June 1st-5th, 2006.
Entering Saturday, Giambi’s 16 RBI were only three behind the MLB leader for all players with less than 125 plate appearances. Todd Helton had 19 in 109 PAs entering the day. Giambi had just 75 plate appearances.
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