Here is the breakdown of each team's best performers for the 2017 season, both pitching and hitting. Below, I will list my top ten for each league, should I have an MVP and Cy Young vote.
J.D. Martinez (Arizona Stats only)2965.302ATLANTA
Arodys Vizcaino5-32.8314 savesFreddie Freeman2871.307BALTIMORE
Craig Kimbrel5-O1.4335 savesMookie Betts24102.264CUBS
Wade Davis4-22.3032 savesAnthony Rizzo32109.273WHITE SOX
David Robertson (White Sox Stats only)4-22.713 savesJose Abreu33102.304CINCINNATI
Raisel Iglesias3-32.4928 savesJoey Votto36100.320CLEVELAND
Justin Wilson (Tigers Stats only)3-42.6813 savesJustin Upton (Tigers Stats only)2894.279HOUSTON
Justin Verlander (Astros stats only)*5-O1.06
Carlos Correa2484.315KANSAS CITY
Eric Hosmer2594.318LOS ANGELES ANGELS
Mike Trout3372.306LOS ANGELES DODGERS
Cody Bellinger3997.267MILWAUKEE BREWERS
Travis Shaw31101.273MINNESOTA TWINS
Blake Treinin (A'S Stats only)3-42.1313 savesKhris Davis43110.247PHILADEPHIA
Pat Neshek (Phillies Stats only)3-21.121 saveAaron Altherr1965.272PIRATES
Felipe Rivero5-31.6721 savesAndrew McCutcheon2888.279SAN DIEGO
Brad Hand3-42.1621 savesJose Pirela1040.288SAN FRANCISCO
Nelson Cruz39119.288ST. LOUIS
Yadier Molina1882.273TAMPA BAY
Interesting notes here. Notice more relievers being the top pitchers for their teams in the National League. It makes one wonder how much the inter-league play strategies affect the American league teams, who rely on the designated hitter more often.
The National League managers have to factor in batting position when changing pitchers during a National League game, while the American League managers don't have that issue during their intra-league games.
And as for saves, the Major League leader in saves was Jesus Colome of the Tampa Bay Rays, who finished in third place in the AL East, and didn't make the playoffs.
The National League leaders, Kenley Jansen of the Dodgers and Greg Holland of the Rockies, who tied for the lead, were both with playoff teams. Does that make their save totals more important?
Personally, I don't think they do. I believe that save stat, while interesting, really isn't that important. I think that the Win is more important Colome saved 47 of the rays 82 wins, or 57%. But Jansen's 41 saves was just 39% of the Dodger's 104 wins, which pales next to Holland's 47% of the Rockies 87 wins. So who was the better of those three?
Here are the vitals for the three:
Jesus Colome2-33.2447Greg Holland3-63.6141Kenley Jansen5-O1.3241
Using my formula, they are ranked as such:
And Jansen is ahead by a lot. Part of that is the ERA, but a bigger part is the wins. The formula I use weighs the wins heavier than the losses. Granted, there isn't that much of a difference between 5 wins and 3 wins, but that, combined with the stellar ERA from Jansen, tips the scale way in his favor.
It was also a record breaking season for a few players, most notably Aaron Judge, who set the new rookie record for home runs. Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers established a new National League record for home runs. And Charlie Blackmon of the Rockies became the first lead-off batter to drive in over 100 runs.
As a side note, Blackmon also hit 14 triples on the season, which was 9 more that the Toronto Blue Jays hit as a team.
Also note that the theme for the Tigers this year was rebuilding. Or trading off your talent, depending on which side of the fence that you're on. Their two team leaders (Justin Upton and Justin Wilson) were playing elsewhere by the end of the season, and J.D.. Martinez and Justin Verlander were helping their new teams into the playoffs.
Martinez, who went to Arizona at the end of July, did very well in the desert, adding his bat to an already potent offense, and actually rated better than Paul Goldschmitt. Although Martinez spent less than a full season there, his performance merits his standing as the Dbacks best offensive player.
*Justin Verlander, who joined the Astros at the beginning of September, didn't spend enough time in Houston to knock Dallas Keuchel from the top spot on the Astros list. But...he did go 5-0, winning every one of his five starts, and allowing just four runs in those five games. But I listed him above anyway
OK, now for the MVP vote for each league, if I had a vote, that ballot of ten would be:
Aaron JudgeYankeesCarlos CorreaAstrosMike TroutAngelsCorey KluberIndiansGary SanchezYankeesJustin UptonTigers/AngelsJose AltuveAstrosDallas KeuchelAstrosGeorge SpringerAstrosNelson CruzMariners
Bryce HarperNationalsCharlie BlackmonRockiesJ.D. MartinezDiamondbacksClayton KershawDodgersPaul GoldschmittDiamondbacksGiancarlo StantonMarlinsNolan ArenadoRockiesJoey VottoRedsFreddie FreemanBravesKenley JansenDodgers
And then my Cy Young Award ballot of five pitchers would be:
Corey KluberIndiansDallas KeuchelAstrosCraig KimbrelRed SoxChris SaleRed SoxCarlos CarrascoIndians
And the National League
Clayton KershawDodgersKenley JansenDodgersAlex WoodDodgersSteven StrasburgNationalsMax ScherzerNationals