Derrek Lee, Cubs, .383. Career high: .282 2004 leader at break: Barry Bonds, Giants, .365; final stat: .362, 1st in league
In Lee's Triple Crown quest, winning a batting title will be the toughest task for the career .275 hitter, especially with Albert Pujols (.342) and Miguel Cabrera (.340) looming behind him.
Brian Roberts, Orioles, .360. Career high: .273 2004 leader at break: Ivan Rodriguez, Tigers, .369; final stat: .334, 4th
Not since Frank Robinson hit .316 in 1966 has an Oriole won a batting title, but Baltimore's diminutive second baseman has the stroke and speed to keep his average up.
AL HOME RUNS
Mark Teixeira, Rangers, 22. Career high: 38 2004 leader at break: Manny Ramirez, Red Sox, 26; final stat: 43, 1st
A home run title this year could be the first of many for the Rangers' 25-year-old first baseman, who's thriving in Arlington's homer-happy Ameriquest Field after cutting down on his strikeouts.