it took him a while to achieve this one, but today is the day he did it. having already set new highs this year (chronologically) in home runs, extra base hits, total bases, hits, and doubles, Michael finally set a new career high with 120 singles. his old career high came last season when he totaled 119 singles.
Michael came into the September 14th game against the Detroit Tigers with 118 singles. he got his 1st single of the game with 1 out in the top of the 5th inning against Justin Verlander after a 1-0 count, tying his previous career high. i wasn't sure if he would get another (base) hit in the game, but considering the tear he's been on lately, i should have seen what happened next coming.
with the Tribe down, 6-3, Michael led off the top of the 9th inning against closer Joe Nathan. after a 2-2 count, Michael hit a line drive single to right field for his 2nd hit and 2nd single of the game, giving him 120 singles on the season. and that base hit notched yet another personal best for Michael in what has become one of the finest all-around seasons any major league baseball player has strung together this year. that also marks 4 new career highs in the last 4 consecutive days/games, if you're keeping track.
(he later scored on a Carlos Santana RBI double, but the Indians lost the game, 6-4. for all intents and purposes, that probably put the nail in the coffin regarding any Tribe postseason play this year. such a shame that Michael's MVP-esque numbers will be devalued because of the team's performance as a whole.)
Michael very well could end up with close to 130 singles once these final 13 games of 2014 are done. honestly though, i'd like to see him add on a little bit more to his doubles total. he hasn't hit one since he set that new career high 10 days ago. at least give me 40 lol ;D
because i have no pictures or video for you this time, i will re-link all of Michael's career high achievements of the 2014 season through today for your enjoyment (and my bragging rights =P):
hit by pitches, 6/10 (currently has 8)**
home runs, 6/15 (currently has 19)
runs scored, 7/21 (currently has 89)*
extra base hits, 8/7 (currently has 60)*
total bases, 8/8 (currently has 280)*
RBI, 8/9 (currently has 94)*
hits, 9/2 (currently has 180)*
doubles, 9/4 (currently has 39)*
stolen bases, 9/5 (currently has 21)
outfield assists, 9/11 (currently has 12)*
plate appearances, 9/12 (currently has 624)*
at bats, 9/13 (currently has 562)*
**tied for team lead