24 November 2012

2007 American League

The Red Sox, after no World Series wins for nearly 90 years, won their second title in four years.  They won 96 regular season games to take the AL East, and the Indians won a like number of games to take the AL Central, then took the Bosox to seven games in the ALCS.  The Angels won the West with 94 victories, as the Yankees took the Wild Card with the same record.  Seattle and Detroit won 88 games each, and Toronto won 83.  On the other end of the spectrum, the Devil Rays lost 96 times while Baltimore and Kansas City lost 93 each.

Magglio Ordonez won the batting title with a .363 average.  Ichiro Suzuki hit .351, Placido Polanco .341, and Jorge Posada .338.  David Ortiz led in on-base, Alex Rodriguez in slugging.  Rodriguez led with 143 runs scored, Bobby Abreu scored 123.  Suzuki had 238 hits, Ordonez 216.  Ordonez had 54 doubles, Ortiz 52.  Curtis Granderson led with 23 triples.  Rodriguez led with 54 home runs, Carlos Pena had 46.  Rodriguez had 156 RBI, Ordonez 139.  Carl Crawford and Brian Roberts each stole 50 bases.

Josh Beckett led the AL pitchers with 20 victories.  Roberto Hernandez, John Lackey, C.C. Sabathia, and Chien-Ming Wang won 19 games each.  Lackey led with a 3.01 ERA, Hernandez was at 3.06, Dan Haren was third at 3.07.  Scott Kazmir led in strikeouts with 239, Johan Santana was second with 235, and Erik Bedard third with 221.  Joe Borkowski led the league with 45 saves.

Win Shares leaders, players:  Alex Rodriguez (New York) 39, Magglio Ordonez (Detroit) 36, Ichiro Suzuki (Seattle) 33, Vladimir Guerrero (Los Angeles) and Victor Martinez and Grady Sizemore (Detroit) 31, Carlos Pena (Tampa Bay) 30, David Ortiz (Boston) 29, Curtis Granderson (Detroit) and Jorge Posada (New York) 26, Orlando Cabrera (Los Angeles) 25, Torii Hunter (Minnesota), Raul Ibanez (Seattle), Derek Jeter (New York), Mike Lowell (Boston), Brian Roberts (Baltimore), and Jim Thome (Chicago) 24.

Win Shares leaders, pitchers:  C.C. Sabathia (Cleveland) 24, Roberto Hernandez (aka Fausto Carmona) (Cleveland) and John Lackey (Los Angeles) 22, Josh Beckett (Boston), Erik Bedard (Seattle), Dan Haren (Oakland) and Javier Vazquez (Chicago) 19, Kelvim Escobar (Los Angeles), Roy Halladay (Toronto), J.J. Putz (Seattle), and Johan Santana (Minnesota) 18, Mark Buehrle (Chicago) and Scott Kazmir (Tampa Bay) 17, James Shields (Tampa Bay), Justin Verlander (Detroit), and Chien-Ming Wang (New York) 16.

WAR leaders (by Fangraphs), position players:  Rodriguez 9.7, Ordonez 8.1, Granderson 7.8, Ortiz 6.3, Sizemore 6.2, Pena and Suzuki 6.0, Posada 5.7, Martinez and Polanco 5.4, Alex Rios (Toronto) 5.0, Robinson Cano (New York) 4.9, Roberts 4.8, Cabrera and Lowell 4.7.  Pitchers:  Sabathia 7.1, Beckett 6.5, Joe Blanton (Oakland), Halladay, and Lackey 5.6, Bedard 5.4, Kazmir 5.3, Escobar 5.2, Vazquez 5.1, Haren 4.9, Santana 4.6, Andy Pettitte (New York) and Shields 4.5.

Official award voting:
1. Alex Rodriguez, 382 points
2. Magglio Ordonez, 258
3. Vladimir Guerrero, 203
4. David Ortiz, 177
5. Mike Lowell, 126
6. Jorge Posada 112
7. Victor Martinez, 103
8. Ichiro Suzuki, 89
9. Carlos Pena, 64
10. Curtis Granderson, 51

Cy Young
1. C.C. Sabathia, 119 points
2. Josh Beckett, 86
3. John Lackey, 36
4. Roberto Hernandez, 7

Rookie of the Year
1. Dustin Pedroia, 132 points
2. Delmon Young, 56
3. Brian Bannister, 36
4. Disuke Matsuzaka, 12
5. Reggie Willits, 11

Manager of the Year
1. Eric Wedge, 116 points
2. Mike Scioscia, 62
3. Joe Torre, 61
4. Terry Francona, 13

Player of the Year;  Alex Rodriguez once again stands as the best player in the AL.  He managed a long run of excellence.
1. Alex Rodriguez, 2. Magglio Ordonez, 3. Curtis Granderson, 4. Jorge Posada, 5. David Ortiz, 6. Carlos Pena.

Pitcher of the Year; C.C. Sabathia combined terrific durability and excellent performance.
1. C.C. Sabathia, 2. Josh Beckett, 3. John Lackey, 4. Johan Santana, 5. Roy Halladay.

Rookie of the Year:  Dustin Pedroia had an impressive debut.

Manager of the Year:  Terry Francona guided Boston back to the promised land.

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