The stars are aligned
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Yes. While it appeared uncertain, the stars appear to be aligning for the Tigers slugger.
It'll come down to home runs, and Hamilton's case improved when he returned this week from a five-game absence after being diagnosed with a cornea-drying condition brought on by the slugger's heavy use of caffeine.
Does the Hamilton diagnosis decide the Triple Crown, or does Cabrera do it himself? I'll take Cabrera, given he has eight games left against the Royals and Twins, while Hamilton faces the playoff-contending A's and Angels.
Odds stacked against him
It's remarkable that Miguel Cabrera has given himself a shot to win the Triple Crown, but I don't think he's going to pull it off.
The odds are stacked against him. He took an 0-for-3 Tuesday, his batting average dropped two points and suddenly he was only three points ahead. As of Wednesday afternoon, he led the Angels' Mike Trout by five points
Even if Cabrera does finish strong, he can be taken down by any of four guys in the home run race — Josh Hamilton, Adam Dunn, Edwin Encarnacion and even Curtis Granderson, who is two behind Cabrera. The finish on the road at Minnesota and Kansas City works against him too. But the only sure thing is this: It's going to be fun to watch.
Hamilton will stop him
If you look at the Tigers' schedule, Miguel Cabrera should win the Triple Crown. Detroit finishes the season with games against the Royals and the Twins.