2018 Leaders & Numbers

Mookie Betts came full flower and excelled in every offensive aspect; he even batted .352 when the count was 0-2 on him. Giancarlo Stanton may have generated the biggest offseason buzz among ex-Marlins cleaned out of Miami by a new regime, but Christian Yelich’s relatively quiet departure to Milwaukee would have the greater impact in 2018. No one turned up the power down the stretch more than Trevor Story habit for tape-measure shots included a 505-foot bomb that’s the longest in Coors Field history. Khris Davis’ batting average was stuck on .247 for the fourth straight year, but he continued to make up for it with a prodigious power stroke. One year after showing what he could do with a third base glove, Alex Bregman showed off what he could do with his bat. A washout in Oakland, Max Muncy became the Dodgers’ latest out-of-nowhere sensation. The Rays embraced bullpenning, but embraced Blake Snell even more—giving their “openers” a day off whenever his number was called. Jacob deGrom was tortured through a 13-start stretch from which he only won once—with a 1.89 ERA—and that tells you everything you need to know about his terrific yet luckless season. Aaron Nola, on the other hand, was granted more charitable offense support and firmly established himself as the Phillies’ ace. Unable to cut it as closer in Washington, Blake Treinen found peace and obscurity in Oakland before refreshing as the year’s stingiest reliever. Miles Mikolas experienced his own reclamation after three years in Japan. Edwin Diaz was the beneficiary of numerous one-run Seattle leads and flirted with the all-time season saves record. Denver native Kyle Freeland gave Rockies fans hope that a pitcher could finally master the mile-high air over the long run.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2018
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Christian Yelich Milwaukee 147 .326 574 118 187 34 7 36 110 66 2 7 22 4 14
2. Trevor Story Colorado 157 .291 598 88 174 42 6 37 108 44 3 7 27 6 12
3. Nolan Arenado Colorado 156 .297 590 104 175 38 2 38 110 63 10 3 2 2 16
4. Javier Baez Chicago 160 .290 606 101 176 40 9 34 111 21 8 5 21 9 10
5. Bryce Harper Washington 159 .249 550 103 137 34 0 34 100 114 16 6 13 3 7
6. Freddie Freeman Atlanta 162 .309 618 94 191 44 4 23 98 64 12 7 10 3 11
7. Max Muncy Los Angeles 137 .263 395 75 104 17 2 35 79 73 6 5 3 0 4
8. Paul Goldschmidt Arizona 158 .290 593 95 172 35 5 33 83 79 11 6 7 4 7
9. Matt Carpenter St. Louis 156 .257 564 111 145 42 0 36 81 85 17 6 4 1 0
10. Anthony Rendon Washington 136 .308 529 88 163 44 2 24 92 50 5 5 2 1 5
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2018
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Mookie Betts Boston 136 .346 520 129 180 47 5 32 80 73 8 8 30 6 5
2. J.D. Martinez Boston 150 .330 569 111 188 37 2 43 130 58 11 4 6 1 19
3. Mike Trout Los Angeles 140 .312 471 101 147 24 4 39 79 97 25 10 24 2 5
4. Jose Ramirez Cleveland 157 .270 578 110 156 38 4 39 105 91 15 8 34 6 2
5. Alex Bregman Houston 157 .286 594 105 170 51 1 31 103 94 2 12 10 4 15
6. Francisco Lindor Cleveland 158 .277 661 129 183 42 2 38 92 63 7 8 25 10 5
7. Khris Davis Oakland 151 .247 576 98 142 28 1 48 123 54 5 12 0 0 16
8. Andrew Benintendi Boston 148 .290 579 103 168 41 6 16 87 70 1 2 21 3 9
9. Mitch Haniger Seattle 157 .285 596 90 170 38 4 26 93 66 4 10 8 2 8
10. Xander Bogaerts Boston 136 .288 513 72 148 45 3 23 103 51 4 6 8 2 14
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2018
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Aaron Nola Philadelphia 2.37 17 6 .739 0 0 33 33 212.1 235 56 55 3 4 7 1 17 9 16
2. Jacob deGrom New York 1.70 10 9 .526 0 0 32 32 217 215 41 43 3 2 5 0 15 9 13
3. Max Scherzer Washington 2.53 18 7 .720 0 0 33 33 220.2 265 62 47 4 4 12 1 8 2 10
4. Miles Mikolas St. Louis 2.83 18 4 .818 0 0 32 32 200.2 268 63 25 4 2 7 1 2 1 18
5. Kyle Freeland Colorado 2.85 17 7 .708 0 0 33 33 202.1 268 64 68 2 2 6 0 9 1 24
6. Zack Wheeler New York 3.31 12 7 .632 0 0 29 29 182.1 214 67 55 0 2 9 1 8 1 14
7. Mike Foltynewicz Atlanta 2.85 13 10 .565 0 0 31 31 183 216 58 65 3 7 6 2 3 3 11
8. Felipe Vazquez Pittsburgh 2.70 4 2 .667 37 5 70 0 70 87 21 22 2 3 1 0 4 0 4
9. Jon Lester Chicago 3.32 18 6 .750 0 0 32 32 181.2 279 67 63 1 4 6 0 14 10 15
10. Patrick Corbin Arizona 3.15 11 7 .611 0 0 33 33 200 250 70 45 3 8 5 0 10 2 11
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2018
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Blake Snell Tampa Bay 1.89 21 5 .808 0 0 31 31 180.2 189 41 62 2 13 1 0 13 4 15
2. Corey Kluber Cleveland 2.89 20 7 .741 0 0 33 33 215 294 69 34 0 2 3 0 4 7 16
3. Chris Sale Boston 2.11 12 4 .750 0 0 27 27 158 163 37 34 0 4 14 0 6 4 4
4. Justin Verlander Houston 2.52 16 9 .640 0 0 34 34 214 281 60 37 0 5 8 2 3 6 3
5. Blake Treinen Oakland 0.78 9 2 .818 38 5 68 0 80.1 58 7 18 3 6 1 0 7 0 4
6. Gerrit Cole Houston 2.88 15 5 .750 0 0 32 32 200.1 240 64 64 0 9 7 0 14 5 11
7. Trevor Bauer Cleveland 2.21 12 6 .667 1 0 28 27 175.1 195 43 55 2 12 9 0 11 7 7
8. Edwin Diaz Seattle 1.96 0 4 .000 57 4 73 0 73.1 62 16 17 0 3 6 1 5 2 2
9. Luis Severino New York 3.39 19 8 .704 0 0 32 32 191.1 275 72 46 0 8 5 0 10 6 13
10. Craig Kimbrel Boston 2.74 5 1 .833 42 5 63 0 62.1 65 19 31 0 7 2 0 4 0 2

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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2018 Awards


NL MVP
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee

AL MVP
Mookie Betts, Boston


NL Cy Young Award
Jacob deGrom, New York

AL Cy Young Award
Blake Snell, Tampa Bay


NL Rookie of the Year
Ronald Acuna Jr., Atlanta

AL Rookie of the Year
Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles


NL Manager of the Year
Brian Snitker, Atlanta

AL Manager of the Year
Bob Melvin, Oakland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Zack Greinke, Arizona
C Yadier Molina, St. Louis
1B Freddie Freeman, Atlanta; Anthony Rizzo, Chicago
2B DJ LeMahieu, Colorado
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Nick Ahmed, Arizona
OF Ender Inciarte, Atlanta
OF Corey Dickerson, Pittsburgh
OF Nick Markakis, Atlanta

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Dallas Keuchel, Houston
C Salvador Perez, Kansas City
1B Matt Olson, Oakland
2B Ian Kinsler, Los Angeles-Boston
3B Matt Chapman, Oakland
SS Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles
OF Jackie Bradley Jr., Boston
OF Mookie Betts, Boston
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City