2019 Leaders & Numbers

Cody Bellinger’s consolation for having Pete Alonso swipe his 2017 NL rookie home run record was to win the 2019 NL MVP. Christian Yelich’s shot for a second straight MVP was literally broken up when he fractured his kneecap with three weeks to play. While most everyone else was striking out left and right, Alex Bregman whiffed a relatively low 83 times—the fewest by a 40-homer guy since Albert Pujols 10 years earlier. Boston’s Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts became the first pair of teammates to amass 50 doubles and 30 homers each in the same season. Jorge Soler destroyed the Royals’ franchise home run record—and erased Kansas City as the sole remaining occupant from the list of a teams who never had a 40-homer hitter. After a lost sophomore campaign, Josh Bell re-energized and launched PNC Park’s fourth and fifth home runs into the Allegheny River. Better late than never: Nelson Cruz enjoyed his first two home run hat tricks—10 days apart—at age 39. Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander became the second set of teammates (after Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling in 2002) to accrue 300 strikeouts in the same year. Ex-Astro Charlie Morton, in his first year at Tampa Bay, spread some of that Houston pitching magic to the Rays. Hyun-Jin Ryu’s hot start included 14 straight starts in which he allowed no more than two runs and a walk. Atlanta rookie Mike Soroka was undefeated in his first 16 road starts before finally taking a loss. The Indians were so enamored with young Shane Bieber—who Topps accidentally ID’d as “Justin” on the back of his card—that he helped make veteran ace Corey Kluber (traded to Texas) expendable. Breakout St. Louis pitcher Jack Flaherty took a no-hitter into the fifth inning eight times. A year after posting the majors’ worst ERA, Lucas Giolito performed an impressive about-face.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 2019
Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Cody Bellinger Los Angeles 156 .305 558 121 170 34 3 47 115 74 21 3 15 5 10
2. Christian Yelich Milwaukee 130 .329 489 100 161 29 3 44 97 64 16 8 30 2 8
3. Anthony Rendon Washington 146 .319 545 117 174 44 3 34 126 72 8 12 5 1 13
4. Juan Soto Washington 150 .282 542 110 153 32 5 34 110 105 3 3 12 1 11
5. Freedie Freeman Atlanta 158 .295 597 113 176 34 2 38 121 76 11 6 6 3 17
6. Ketel Marte Arizona 144 .329 569 97 187 36 9 32 92 51 2 4 10 2 7
7. Nolan Arenado Colorado 155 .315 588 102 185 31 2 41 118 51 11 4 3 2 14
8. Ronald Acuna Jr. Atlanta 156 .280 626 127 175 22 2 41 101 72 4 9 37 9 8
9. Josh Bell Pittsburgh 143 .277 527 94 146 37 3 37 116 61 13 5 0 1 11
10. Pete Alonso New York 161 .260 597 103 155 30 2 53 120 66 6 21 1 0 13
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 2019
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Alex Bregman Houston 156 .296 554 122 164 37 2 41 112 117 2 9 5 1 9
2. Mike Trout Los Angeles 134 .291 470 110 137 27 2 45 104 96 14 16 11 2 5
3. Rafael Devers Boston 156 .311 647 129 201 54 4 32 115 41 7 4 8 8 8
4. Xander Bogaerts Boston 155 .309 614 110 190 52 0 33 117 74 2 2 4 2 11
5. Mookie Betts Boston 150 .295 597 135 176 40 5 29 80 91 6 3 16 3 11
6. Nelson Cruz Minnesota 120 .311 454 81 141 26 0 41 108 48 8 7 0 1 14
7. George Springer Houston 122 .292 479 96 140 20 3 39 96 66 1 6 6 2 12
8. Marcus Semien Oakland 162 .285 657 123 187 43 7 33 92 85 2 2 10 8 11
9. J.D. Martinez Boston 146 .304 575 98 175 33 2 36 105 83 9 4 2 0 19
10. Jorge Soler Kansas City 162 .265 589 95 156 33 1 48 117 70 3 10 3 1 16
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 2019
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Hyun-Jin Ryu Los Angeles 2.32 14 5 .737 0 0 29 29 182.1 246 47 22 2 0 4 0 1 3 17
2. Mike Soroka Atlanta 2.68 13 4 .765 0 0 29 29 174.2 220 52 40 1 3 7 0 6 3 23
3. Jacob deGrom New York 2.43 11 8 .579 0 0 32 32 204 241 55 43 1 2 7 0 24 4 10
4. Stephen Strasburg Washington 3.32 18 6 .750 0 0 33 33 209 268 77 52 4 8 10 0 16 2 14
5. Will Smith San Francisco 2.76 6 0 1.000 34 4 63 0 65.1 84 20 19 2 3 0 1 1 2 7
6. Jack Flaherty St. Louis 2.75 11 8 .579 0 0 33 33 196.1 236 60 53 2 6 7 0 1 4 14
7. Clayton Kershaw Los Angeles 3.03 16 5 .762 0 0 29 28 178.1 258 60 41 0 7 2 1 3 5 17
8. Felipe Vazquez Pittsburgh 1.65 5 1 .833 28 3 56 0 60 69 11 13 0 3 4 0 1 0 6
9. Walker Buehler Los Angeles 3.26 14 4 .778 0 0 30 30 182.1 252 66 37 0 4 7 0 8 2 8
10. Sonny Gray Cincinnati 2.87 11 8 .579 0 0 31 31 175.1 202 56 67 1 7 7 1 14 5 13
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 2019
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Gerrit Cole Houston 2.50 20 5 .800 0 0 33 33 212.1 261 59 48 0 4 3 3 11 5 7
2. Justin Verlander Houston 2.58 21 6 .778 0 0 34 34 223 287 64 42 0 4 6 0 9 3 7
3. Charlie Morton Tampa Bay 3.05 16 6 .727 0 0 33 33 194.2 244 66 57 0 5 12 1 3 4 13
4. Eduardo Rodriguez Boston 3.81 19 6 .760 0 0 34 34 203.1 301 86 73 2 3 7 0 4 6 20
5. Shane Bieber Cleveland 3.28 15 8 .652 0 0 34 33 214.1 318 878 39 1 6 6 1 7 6 14
6. Lucas Giolito Chicago 3.41 14 9 .609 0 0 29 29 176.2 239 67 56 1 6 4 0 3 3 13
7. Roberto Osuna Houston 2.63 4 3 .571 38 6 66 0 65 76 19 12 0 1 2 0 1 0 2
8. Aroldis Chapman New York 2.21 3 2 .600 37 5 60 0 57 54 14 25 0 6 1 0 4 0 4
9. Jake Odorizzi Minnesota 3.51 15 7 .682 0 0 30 30 159 220 62 53 0 4 4 0 1 5 9
10. Brandon Workman Boston 1.88 10 1 .909 16 6 73 0 71.2 39 15 41 4 4 2 1 8 5 4

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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2019 Awards


NL MVP
Cody Belliner, Los Angeles

AL MVP
Mike Trout, Los Angeles


NL Cy Young Award
Jacob deGrom, New York

AL Cy Young Award
Justin Verlander, Houston


NL Rookie of the Year
Pete Alonso, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Yordan Alvarez, Houston


NL Manager of the Year
Mike Shildt, St. Louis

AL Manager of the Year
Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Zack Greinke, Arizona
C J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia
1B Anthony Rizzo, Chicago
2B Kolten Wong, St. Louis
3B Nolan Arenado, Colorado
SS Nick Ahmed, Arizona
OF David Peralta, Arizona
OF Lorenzo Cain, Milwaukee
OF Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles

AL Gold Glove Awards
P Mike Leake, Seattle
C Roberto Perez, Cleveland
1B Matt Olson, Oakland
2B Yolmer Sanchez, Chicago
3B Matt Chapman, Oakland
SS Francisco Lindor, Cleveland
OF Kevin Kiermaier, Tampa Bay
OF Mookie Betts, Boston
OF Alex Gordon, Kansas City