Stats, Cy, and More

A few things stick out when perusing the final 2009 stats:

NO pitcher in either league won 20 games. Three American Leaguers won 19, Sabathia, Verlander, and the hottest pitcher down the stretch, though that is tempered by the fact hat he was not in a pennant race, Felix Hernandez. To me, the AL Cy Young award would be a toss-up between Hernandez and Zack Greinke. In the National League, Adam Wainwright was start to finish a model of consistency, leading the league with his 19 wins, two more than any other NL hurler. But, his teammate Chris Carpenter, coming back from yet another carer-threatening injury, and missing the start of the season, deserves the NL award, with his 17-4 record and league-leading 2.24 ERA.

For much of the year, the experts were saying the Albert Pujois had the triple crown locked up. Well, the rest of us fans waited for the season to end before anointing him, and he barely won one-third of a triple crown, hanging on to the home run title by one, over a charging Prince Fielder, and just behind him one more back, Ryan Howard. Those two tied for the RBI title with 141 each, six more than Prince Albert, who also finished third in the batting race.

The best season-long batting fete goes to Joe Mauer, who missed the first month of the season, and then never stopped hitting from his day one, ending with a league-leading .365 average with 28 HR and 96 RBI. Mauer is setting offensive records for a catcher at a greater pace than even Mike Pizza did, now becoming the first catcher ever to lead a league in batting three times. His stats overshadowed the continued sensational numbers that Ichiro continues to put up. Ichiro was second in the batting race at .352, and collected a MLB high 225 hits. In his nine years in the majors, his lowest hit total in a season was 208, and he raised his lifetime .331 B.A. Also in the AL, Carlos Pena missed the last month of the season, but his then-total of 39 home runs was never surpassed, and he ended in a tie for the AL lead with that rich guy from ny.

A striking non-stat is the fact that NO National League pitcher had as many as FIVE complete games.

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