Saturday, September 17, 2011
Michael Young approaches 200 hits
By Richard Durrett
SEATTLE -- Michael Young's impressive season already includes more than 100 RBIs for the second time in his career. He sits at 101 RBIs, just two off his career-high mark (set in 2006).
He's now just three hits away from 200, a mark he's reached five previous times. He did it in five consecutive seasons from 2003 to 2007.
"It means a lot," Young said about hitting the 200-hit plateau. "Individual stuff always mean more once the season is over, but it does mean a lot. I've done it a few times and I know it's not easy. It means for the most part that I've accomplished two big goals: staying healthy and being consistent. If I do those two things, I like my chances of getting a lot of hits."
Manager Ron Washington, who said Young has had an "amazing" year, believes his club is capable of having three players with more than 100 RBIs, led by Young. Adrian Beltre, now back from his hamstring strain, has 91 RBIs and Josh Hamilton has 88.
Young also has 40 doubles for third time in his career and the first time since 2006 (when he had 52).
"I want to be able to knock in runs any way I can," Young said. "If you put balls in the gap, you have a good chance to do that, especially in our park. I want to be able to knock in runs any way I can and that helps do that."
Young, of course, is also still in the race for the AL batting title, fighting that out with Adrian Gonzalez. If Young can catch him (he's at .333 and Gonzalez is at .337), it would be the second batting title of his career.