On the bottom of the standing, the Twins lost 96, the Royals 94, and the Indians 90 as the Tigers and Chisox faced a lot of pushovers. The East was a bit soft, too, with the Red Sox down and the Blue Jays losing 89. In the playoffs, the Tigers surprised by sweeping the Yankees in the LCS, then got swept in the World Series.
Miguel Cabrera captured the "Triple Crown," leading in batting average with a .330 mark, hitting 44 home runs and driving in 139 runs to lead those categories as well. Mike Trout was second in batting average at .326, Adrian Beltre third at .321. Joe Mauer led in on-base, Cabrera in slugging. Trout led in runs with 129, 20 ahead of Cabrera in second. Alex Gordon hit 51 doubles and Albert Pujols 50. Austin Jackson hit 10 triples, Derek Jeter had 216 hits. Josh Hamilton and Eric Granderson was second with 43 homers each, Hamilton was second with 128 RBI. Trout led with 49 steals.
Jered Weaver and David Price had 20 wins each, Matt Harrison won 18. Price led with a 2.56 ERA, followed by Justin Verlander at 2.64. Weaver was third at 2.81. Verlander led with 239 strikeouts, Max Scherzer had 231, James Shields and Felix Hernandez 223. Verlander led with 238 1/3 innings, Hernandez was second at 232. Jim Johnson had 51 saves, Fernando Rodney 48. Hernandez hurled five shutouts.
Win Shares leaders, position players: Mike Trout (Los Angeles) 38, Robinson Cano (New York) 34, Miguel Cabrera (Detroit) 32, Edwin Encarnacion (Toronto) 31, Prince Fielder (Detroit) and Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay) 27, Josh Hamilton (Texas) and Adam Jones (Baltimore) 26, Adrian Beltre (Texas), Shin-Soo Choo (Cleveland), Joe Mauer (Minnesota), and Albert Pujols (Los Angeles) 25.
Win Shares leaders, pitchers: Justin Verlander (Detroit) 23, David Price and Fernando Rodney (Tampa Bay) and Chris Sale (Chicago) 19, Josh Harrison (Texas) 18, Jim Johnson (Baltimore) and Jake Peavy (Chicago) 17, Hiroki Kuroda (New York) and Jered Weaver (Los Angeles) 16, Grant Balfour (Baltimore) and Felix Hernandez (Seattle) 15.
(Fangraphs) WAR leaders, position players: Trout 10.0, Cano 7.7, Cabrera 6.8, Beltre 6.3, Zobrist 5.8, Alex Gordon (Kansas City) 5.5, Torii Hunter (Los Angeles) and Austin Jackson (Detroit) 5.2, Fielder 4.8, Mauer 4.7.
WAR leaders, pitchers: Verlander 7.0, Hernandez 5.9, Yu Darvish (Texas) 4.9, Price 4.8, Sale 4.7, C.C. Sabathia (New York) and Max Scherzer (Detroit) 4.6, Peavy 4.4, James Shields (Tampa Bay) 3.9, Kuroda 3.7.
Actual award voting:
MVP (top 15):
|Miguel Cabrera, Tigers||22||6||362|
|Mike Trout, Angels||6||21||1||281|
|Adrian Beltre, Rangers||1||16||9||1||1||210|
|Robinson Cano, Yankees||6||10||1||1||3||2||1||149|
|Josh Hamilton, Rangers||3||6||5||8||2||3||1||127|
|Adam Jones, Orioles||1||2||7||5||4||3||2||120|
|Derek Jeter, Yankees||2||1||5||1||3||2||1||1||77|
|Justin Verlander, Tigers||2||3||3||2||1||1||58|
|Prince Fielder, Tigers||1||5||1||2||5||5||56|
|Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics||1||2||2||3||2||4||41|
|Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays||2||5||6||33|
|David Price, Rays||1||3||1||26|
|Fernando Rodney, Rays||1||5||2||1||24|
|Jim Johnson, Orioles||1||1||1||1||22|
|Alex Rios, White Sox||1||5||1||17|
|David Price, Rays||14||13||1||153|
|Justin Verlander, Tigers||13||13||2||149|
|Jered Weaver, Angels||2||14||9||2||70|
|Felix Hernandez, Mariners||5||10||6||41|
|Fernando Rodney, Rays||1||5||4||8||38|
|Chris Sale, White Sox||1||4||6||17|
|Jim Johnson, Orioles||1||3||5|
|Matt Harrison, Rangers||2||2|
|Yu Darvish, Rangers||1||1|
|Mike Trout, Angels||28||140|
|Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics||19||6||63|
|Yu Darvish, Rangers||9||19||46|
|Wei-Yin Chen, Orioles||2||2|
|Jarrod Parker, Athletics||1||1|
|Bob Melvin, Athletics||16||12||116|
|Buck Showalter, Orioles||12||16||108|
|Robin Ventura, White Sox||12||12|
|Joe Maddon, Rays||7||7|
|Joe Girardi, Yankees||5||5|
|Jim Leyland, Tigers||2||2|
|Ron Washington, Rangers||2||2|
#1 Mike Trout, #2 Robinson Cano, #3 Miguel Cabrera, #4 Ben Zobrist (Tampa Bay), #5 Adrian Beltre (Texas), #6 Joe Mauer.
Top pitcher: Justin Verlander. Yeah, Price won 20, but Verlander pitched better.
#1 Justin Verlander, #2 David Price, #3 Felix Hernandez, #4 Chris Sale, #5 C.C. Sabathia.
Top rookie: Mike Trout. One of the easiest award selections ever.
Top manager: Bob Melvin, I think. Buck Showalter also did an exceptional job.