What do Joe Mauer, Lance Berkman, Prince Fielder, Brian McCann, Derrek Lee, Chase Utley, Jason Bay, Pablo Sandoval, Matt Holliday, Jorge Posada, Brandon Phillips, and Nick Markakis have in common?
They all have fewer RBI’s than Francisco Cervelli.
I know that the RBI in general isn’t the greatest stat to measure a player’s success. And Cervelli also has the luxury of hitting in a lineup that posts the highest OBP (by far) in baseball. But it’s clear that Cervelli has a knack for hitting with runners in scoring position.
In any event, with the return of Jorge Posada behind the plate, Cervelli’s playing time will most likely drop off. But for now, it’s amazing to see the guys he is ahead of in the RBI category.