1. Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers: When a dude hits his 400th career home run, he belongs on this list, but it’s sort of fun that Miggy got here the night after Adrian Beltre did it for the Texas Rangers. Having moved around the diamond a bit over the course of his career so far, Miggy might lack Adrian’s angle for where he ranks all time at one position, but perhaps he’ll ultimately profit from broader consideration for where he rates all time at perhaps an even more important position: Slugger.
2. Matt Shoemaker, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim: Last year’s rotation revelation for the Halos was on his game against the Baltimore Orioles, using just 84 pitches to get through seven innings while allowing just three baserunners, one of them a solo shot, in the Angels’ 6-1 win. The Angels’ rotation leads the league in quality starts, but Shoemaker was the one starter whose performance had lagged well behind the rest after taking a pair of poundings from the deep-count happy Athletics and Astros. Seeing him carve up the O’s is a reminder that his sinker/splitter mix can still tie teams up in knots, and that what he might lack in velocity can be made up with guile against impatient hitters.
3. The Houston Astros and the Three True Outcomes: Out of their 36 plate appearances in their 6-5 win over the Blue Jays, 20 were one of the trio of results that get delivered at home plate -- three homers, four walks and 13 strikeouts. A quickie scan of their linescores suggest that might be the seventh time this season they’ve gone over 50 percent as a team in a game, games in which they’ve gone 6-1. Which doesn’t mean really anything beyond that’s just how the Astros roll, and as Jayson Stark noted, it’s kind of cool.
4. Jorge De La Rosa, Colorado Rockies: The Dodgers might be setting their sights on all sorts of offensive records, but that was before De La Rosa cut through their lineup, outdueling Zack Greinke -- no, really -- while looking like he had completely dominant stuff. Sadly, the oft-injured southpaw left the game with an injury, having allowed just two hits while pitching into the eighth inning.
5. Brandon Crawford, San Francisco Giants: Single, double, homer, a slam no less, plus six RBIs against the Cincinnati Reds in an 11-2 romp to mark Hunter Pence's return to action? Consider this the latest reminder that Crawford rates among the 10 best hitters at shortstop in the game today, because using offense-only WAR (oWAR), he was 11th among all guys playing shortstop regularly from 2013 through Friday, and that’s a figure that counts Hanley Ramirez. Include defense and switch to total WAR, and he ranks seventh (still behind HanRam). Not too shabby a find for an organization that doesn’t get much pub for its farm system.
Christina Kahrl writes about MLB for ESPN. You can follow her on Twitter.