Baseball’s 2017 Regular Season Wraps Up
Major League Baseball’s 2017 regular season concluded with games of October 1st. The playoffs start with the American League Wild Card game with the Minnesota Twins at the New York Yankees. The National League Wild Card game is October 4th, with the Colorado Rockies at the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Speaking of the Yankees, Aaron Judge won the American League home run crown, setting a new rookie record with 52. Judge hit .284 with 114 RBIs.
In the National League, Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 homers with 132 RBIs to lead not only the league, but also the majors in both categories.
The Houston Astros’ Jose Altuve won the American League batting title for the third time in four years, with a career high .346 average. The Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon took the N.L title with a .331 average. Blackmon had 37 homers and 104 RBIs as the lead off man for the Rockies.
There were no 20 game winning pitchers in the majors this season. Carlos Carrasco (18-6) and Cory Kluber (18-4), both of the Cleveland Indians, and Jason Vargas (18-11) of the Kansas City Royals, led the American League in victories. Cleveland’s Trevor Bauer was 17-9 and completes a potent Big Three for the Indians’ rotation in the playoffs. Clayton Kershaw (18-4) led the National League in wins; he missed four or five starts due to injuries or he would likely have won 20. Arizona’s Zack Greinke was 17-7 and the Milwaukee Brewers’ Zach Davies came in under the radar and finished 17-9. The Brewers finished one game out in the Wild Card race, and are a team to watch next year.