2013 Leaders & Numbers

In only his second full season, Paul Goldschmidt came thundering into his own in the Arizona desert—but likely missed out on the NL MVP as his Diamondbacks made little noise in the playoff chase. Miguel Cabrera grabbed his second straight AL MVP despite numerous injuries capped by pesky groin pains. Chris Davis nearly stole the honor from Cabrera after a blazing start in which he tied the record for most home runs before the All-Star break. Joey Votto walked so often that he was criticized for not being aggressive enough at the plate; his non-walk numbers suggested otherwise. In their final years at New York, Mariano Rivera and Robinson Cano remained pleasant diversions for a Yankee team handicapped by injuries and the latest Alex Rodriguez steroid saga. Clayton Kershaw joined Sandy Koufax as the only two Dodgers with multiple Cy Young Awards. Max Scherzer made up for Justin Verlander’s drop-off from the top with a 17-1 start. A magnificent Matt Harvey balanced the good (starting nod for the NL All-Stars) with the bad (poor run support, late-season Tommy John surgery). Jose Fernandez, whose previous claim to fame was an accidental beaning of teammate (and star hitter) Giancarlo Stanton in spring training, got better with each start and headlined an impressive year for rookie pitching in the majors. A year after serving his Biogenesis-related suspension, Bartolo Colon swam the fountain of youth at age 40 with no reported PED positives.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2013
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 160 .302 602 103 182 36 3 36 125 80 19 3 15 5 25
2. Matt Carpenter St. Louis 157 .318 626 126 199 55 7 11 78 77 1 9 3 3 4
3. Freddie Freeman Atlanta 147 .319 551 89 176 27 2 23 109 56 10 7 1 0 10
4. Andrew McCutchen Pittsburgh 157 .317 583 97 185 38 5 21 84 66 12 9 27 10 13
5. Jayson Werth Washington 129 .318 462 84 147 24 0 25 82 57 3 5 10 1 9
6. Joey Votto Cincinnati 162 .305 581 101 177 30 3 24 73 116 19 4 6 3 15
7. Troy Tulowitzki Colorado 126 .312 446 72 139 27 0 25 82 52 5 4 1 0 9
8. Michael Cuddyer Colorado 130 .331 489 74 162 31 3 20 84 41 5 2 10 3 13
9. Shin-Soo Choo Cincinnati 154 .285 569 107 162 34 2 21 54 107 5 26 20 11 3
10. Matt Holliday St. Louis 141 .300 520 103 156 31 1 22 94 64 5 9 6 1 31
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2013
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Miguel Cabrera Detroit 148 .348 555 103 193 26 1 44 137 71 19 5 3 0 19
2. Chris Davis Baltimore 160 .286 584 103 167 42 1 53 138 60 12 10 4 1 4
3. Mike Trout L.A of Anaheim 157 .323 589 109 190 39 9 27 97 100 10 9 33 7 8
4. David Ortiz Boston 137 .309 518 84 160 38 2 30 103 49 27 1 4 0 21
5. Robinson Cano New York 160 .314 605 81 190 41 0 27 107 49 16 6 7 1 18
6. Edwin Encarnacion Toronto 142 .272 530 90 144 29 1 36 104 75 7 4 7 1 20
7. Adrian Beltre Texas 161 .315 631 88 199 32 0 30 92 38 12 7 1 0 17
8. Josh Donaldson Oakland 158 .301 579 89 174 37 3 24 93 74 2 6 5 2 15
9. Brandon Moss Oakland 145 .256 446 73 114 23 3 30 87 47 3 6 4 2 4
10. Jose Bautista Toronto 118 .259 452 82 117 24 0 28 73 67 2 3 7 2 13
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2013
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 1.83 16 9 .640 0 0 33 33 236 233 48 50 2 12 3 2 5 11 20
2. Adam Wainwright St. Louis 2.94 19 9 .679 0 0 34 34 241.2 320 79 33 2 5 6 0 3 3 32
3. Cliff Lee Philadelphia 2.87 14 8 .636 0 0 31 31 222.2 306 71 32 0 1 4 0 3 3 21
4. Craig Kimbrel Atlanta 1.21 4 3 .571 50 4 68 0 67 58 9 18 2 3 3 0 3 2 3
5. Madison Bumgarner San Francisco 2.77 13 9 .591 0 0 31 31 201.1 221 62 56 6 6 6 0 8 13 15
6. Matt Harvey New York 2.27 9 5 .643 0 0 26 26 178.1 182 45 30 1 2 4 0 2 4 13
7. Jose Fernandez Miami 2.19 12 6 .667 0 0 28 28 172.2 162 42 53 5 3 5 1 6 6 9
8. Jordan Zimmermann Washington 3.25 19 9 .679 0 0 32 32 213.1 302 77 40 0 3 7 0 14 6 18
9. Steve Cishek Miami 2.33 4 6 .400 34 2 69 0 69.2 73 18 16 6 1 2 0 1 2 5
10. Zack Greinke Los Angeles 2.63 15 4 .789 0 0 28 28 177.2 231 52 45 1 5 7 0 3 6 13
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2013
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Max Scherzer Detroit 2.90 21 3 .875 0 0 32 32 214.1 252 69 56 0 6 4 1 14 10 10
2. Bartolo Colon Oakland 2.65 18 6 .750 0 0 30 30 190.1 270 56 29 0 1 0 0 7 4 21
3. Hisashi Iwakuma Seattle 2.66 14 6 .700 0 0 33 33 219.2 302 65 38 4 10 2 0 5 2 18
4. Joe Nathan Texas 1.39 6 2 .750 43 3 67 0 64.2 50 10 19 3 4 1 0 4 1 1
5. Greg Holland Kansas City 1.21 2 1 .667 47 3 68 0 67 59 9 17 1 2 1 0 3 0 4
6. Anibal Sanchez Detroit 2.57 14 8 .636 0 0 29 29 182 225 52 53 1 7 2 0 25 3 10
7. Mariano Rivera New York 2.11 6 2 .750 44 7 64 0 64 86 15 6 3 0 1 0 3 1 3
8. Justin Masterson Cleveland 3.45 14 10 .583 0 0 32 29 193 219 74 76 0 8 17 0 9 4 17
9. Glen Parkins Minnesota 2.30 2 0 1.000 36 4 61 0 62.2 67 16 15 0 0 3 0 0 0 8
10. David Price Tampa Bay 3.33 10 8 .556 0 0 27 27 186.2 268 69 27 0 6 3 0 11 15 19

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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2013 Awards


NL MVP
Andrew McCutchen, Pittsburgh

AL MVP
Miguel Cabrera, Detroit


NL Cy Young Award
Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles

AL Cy Young Award
Max Scherzer, Detroit


NL Rookie of the Year
Jose Fernandez, Miami

AL Rookie of the Year
Wil Myers, Tampa Bay


NL Manager of the Year
Clint Hurdle, Pittsburgh

AL Manager of the Year
Terry Francona, Cleveland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Adam Wainwright, St. Louis
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona
2B Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta
OF Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado
OF Gerardo Parra, Arizona
OF Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee

AL Gold Glove Awards
P R.A. Dickey, Toronto
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B Eric Hosmer, Kansas City
2B Dustin Pedroia, Boston
3B Manny Machado, Baltimore
SS J.J. Hardy, Baltimore
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City
OF Shane Victorino, Boston
OF Adam Jones, Baltimore