2011 Leaders & Numbers

A year after being distracted by internal criticism and an external dalliance with pop star Rihanna, Matt Kemp refocused on baseball and, along with young Cy Young Award-winning ace Clayton Kershaw, did their best to divert attention from the Dodgers’ tabloid-riddled financial woes. Ryan Braun snared the NL MVP from Kemp—all before being branded with a positive steroid test that was later overturned on a technicality. After his 2010 breakout performance, Jose Bautista had an even better and more complete set of numbers. Jacoby Ellsbury turned up the power and provided a pleasant silver lining in Boston’s bust of a season. Michael Young, again, was asked to move on the field to accommodate a new arrival (in this case, Adrian Beltre) and understandably griped—then settled down and gave the Rangers a huge lift towards another pennant. Stirring outfielder Justin Upton and stalwart pitcher Ian Kennedy helped elevate Arizona from worst-to-first in the NL West. Justin Verlander became the first starting pitcher in 25 years to win the MVP. Cliff Lee returned to Philadelphia and with Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels and Roy Oswalt, helped mold a fearsome foursome in the Phillie rotation. James Shields turned iron for the Rays and became the first pitcher this century to record double-digit complete game totals (with 11). When the save was on the line, no one was better than Jose Valverde, who converted all 49 of his opportunities for Detroit.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2011
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Matt Kemp Los Angeles 161 .324 602 115 195 33 4 39 126 50 24 6 40 11 16
2. Ryan Braun Milwaukee 150 .332 563 109 187 38 6 33 111 56 2 5 33 6 9
3. Prince Fielder Milwaukee 162 .299 559 95 170 36 1 38 120 75 32 10 1 1 17
4. Joey Votto Cincinnati 161 .309 599 101 185 40 3 29 103 95 15 4 8 6 20
5. Justin Upton Arizona 159 .289 592 105 171 39 5 31 88 50 9 19 21 9 8
6. Lance Berkman St. Louis 145 .301 488 90 147 23 2 31 94 75 17 3 2 6 7
7. Carlos Gonzalez Colorado 127 .295 481 92 142 27 3 26 92 40 8 7 20 5 11
8. Troy Tulowitzki Colorado 143 .302 537 81 162 36 2 30 105 47 12 4 9 3 16
9. Albert Pujols St. Louis 147 .299 579 105 173 29 0 37 99 46 15 4 9 1 29
10. Jose Reyes New York 126 .337 537 101 181 31 16 7 44 34 9 0 39 7 5
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2011
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Jose Bautista Toronto 149 .302 513 105 155 24 2 43 103 108 24 6 9 5 8
2. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 161 .344 572 111 197 48 0 30 105 86 22 3 2 1 24
3. Jacoby Ellsbury Boston 158 .321 660 119 212 46 5 32 105 51 1 9 39 15 8
4. Curtis Granderson Detroit 156 .262 583 136 153 26 10 41 119 85 0 12 25 10 12
5. Adrian Gonzalez Boston 159 .338 630 108 213 45 3 27 117 54 20 6 1 0 28
6. Robinson Cano New York 159 .302 623 104 188 46 7 28 118 27 11 12 8 2 18
7. Adrian Beltre Texas 124 .296 487 82 144 33 0 32 105 25 0 5 1 1 13
8. Dustin Pedroia Boston 159 .307 635 102 195 37 2 21 91 80 6 1 26 8 12
9. Josh Hamilton Texas 121 .298 487 80 145 31 5 25 94 26 13 2 8 1 8
10. Michael Young Texas 159 .338 631 88 213 41 6 11 106 40 7 2 6 2 17
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2011
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 2.28 21 5 .808 0 0 33 33 233.1 251 59 52 2 5 3 1 14 18 14
2. Roy Halladay Philadelphia 2.35 19 6 .760 0 0 32 32 233.2 273 61 31 4 2 4 1 18 5 15
3. Cliff Lee Philadelphia 2.40 17 8 .680 0 0 32 32 232.2 292 62 42 0 0 6 0 11 6 20
4. Ian Kennedy Arizona 2.88 21 4 .840 0 0 33 33 222 295 71 55 0 11 9 1 6 1 15
5. Johnny Cueto Cincinnati 2.31 9 5 .643 0 0 24 24 156 170 40 47 0 5 10 1 1 6 18
6. Matt Cain San Francisco 2.88 12 11 .522 0 0 33 33 221.2 260 71 58 5 4 9 0 18 5 7
7. Craig Kimbrel Atlanta 2.10 4 3 .571 46 8 79 0 77 63 18 31 1 4 1 0 1 4 4
8. Cole Hamels Philadelphia 2.79 14 9 .609 0 0 32 31 216 266 67 42 2 3 5 3 23 6 18
9. Drew Storen Washington 2.75 6 3 .667 43 5 73 0 75.1 94 23 16 4 2 2 0 3 0 2
10. John Axford Milwaukee 1.95 2 2 .500 46 2 74 0 73.2 78 16 24 1 8 0 0 6 2 4
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2011
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Justin Verlander Detroit 2.40 24 5 .828 0 0 34 34 251 283 67 57 0 7 3 2 10 6 12
2. Jered Weaver L.A. Anaheim 2.41 18 8 .692 0 0 33 33 235.2 288 63 56 0 8 3 0 10 13 13
3. James Shields Tampa Bay 2.82 16 12 .571 0 0 33 33 249.1 314 78 64 1 4 5 0 6 17 21
4. CC Sabathia New York 3.00 19 8 .704 0 0 33 33 237.1 326 79 57 4 2 7 1 11 7 24
5. Jose Valverde Detroit 2.24 2 4 .333 49 0 75 0 72.1 74 18 30 4 3 3 1 9 3 4
6. Doug Fister Seattle-Detroit 2.83 11 13 .458 0 0 32 31 216.1 279 68 35 2 3 12 1 4 2 19
7. C.J. Wilson Texas 2.94 16 7 .696 0 0 34 34 223.1 288 73 74 0 6 10 0 24 7 31
8. Dan Haren L.A. Anaheim 3.17 16 10 .615 0 0 35 34 238.1 328 84 32 1 6 5 0 21 6 10
9. Justin Masterson Cleveland 3.21 12 10 .545 0 0 34 33 216 287 77 61 4 5 11 0 14 15 18
10. Brandon McCarthy Oakland 3.32 9 9 .500 0 0 25 25 170.2 246 63 24 1 3 1 0 11 5 16

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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2011 Awards


NL MVP
Ryan Braun, Milwaukee

AL MVP
Justin Verlander, Detroit


NL Cy Young Award
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles

AL Cy Young Award
Justin Verlander, Detroit


NL Rookie of the Year
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta

AL Rookie of the Year
Mark Trumbo, Los Angeles of Anaheim


NL Manager of the Year
Kirk Gibson, Arizona

AL Manager of the Year
Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Joey Votto, Cincinnati
2B Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
3B Placido Polanco, Philadelphia
SS Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado
OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona
OF Matt Kemp, Los Angeles
OF Andre Ethier, Los Angeles

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mark Buehrle, Chicago
C Matt Wieters, Baltimore
1B Adrian Gonzalez, Boston
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston
3B Adrian Beltre, Texas
SS Erick Aybar, Los Angeles of Anaheim
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City
OF Jacoby Ellsbury, Boston
OF Nick Markakis, Baltimore