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Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: September 29, 2011 2:04 am
By C. Trent Rosecrans

So, now that we've got that pesky playoff thing all figured out, we can get to the important stuff, like batting titles and the such, right?

OK, while eight teams still have something to play for, 22 other teams are done, and so are the regular-season individual titles. So what were the best marks in the biggest individual categories? Here you go:

American League
Batting average: .344 -- Miguel Cabrera
Home runs: 43 -- Jose Bautista
RBIs: 119 -- Curtis Granderson
Stolen bases: 49 -- Coco Crisp, Brett Gardner
Wins: 24 -- Justin Verlander
ERA: 2.40 -- Justin Verlander
Strikeouts: 250 -- Justin Verlander
Saves: 49 -- Jose Valverde

National League
Batting average: .337 -- Jose Reyes
Home runs: 39 -- Matt Kemp
RBIs: 126 -- Matt Kemp
Stolen bases: 61 -- Michael Bourn
Wins: 21 -- Clayton Kershaw, Ian Kennedy
ERA: 2.28 -- Clayton Kershaw
Strikeouts: 248 -- Clayton Kershaw
Saves: 46 -- John Axford, Craig Kimbrel

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:50 pm

Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

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Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: September 30, 2011 11:38 pm

Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

Your definitely right on with your statement!! The whole meaning of MVP is the "Value" of that specific player to its team, right? Besides Miggy, Verlander has to be the "Most Valuable Player for that team.......Now onto Cy Young, halladay should take it AGAIN because of team goals, thats my opinion, just because with stats your really splitting hairs here, to be honest Kennedy wasn't a bad option with his 21 Wins either...Too bad the Phitans offense dried up on that many occasions!! Dude i personally watched Roy pitch 3 CG's and lose, 1-0 twice and 2-0, and my bad he had another where he went into ninth 0-0, ND was his fate, but I'm just sayin'!! Good year for Kershaw, but just not enough, and not by his own fault

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:06 am

Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

The numbers put up by both Justin Verlander and Clayton Kershaw really do put things into perspective.  All I have heard from this site, and from the four letter network is what an amazing season Verlander is having and should he also win the MVP award.  I mean, not to take anything away from Verlander, because he has had one heckuva season, there is no doubting that, but he is also on a better team.

Kershaw won 21 games for the Dodgers, by allowing ony 2.28 earned runs per game, which, by the way, is lower than the 2.40 put up by Verlander.  Don't get me wrong- both of those numbers are downright impressive.   They both struck out about the same number of hitters, so that's a wash.   The fact that the Tigers won so many more games than the ones Verlander pitched in shows that he has a better team around him than Kershaw does, and I think most would agree.

I guess what I am getting at is this-  i don't root for either the Tigers or Dodgers, but if you believe that Verlander should be the unanimous Sy young and receive consideration for MVP, then the same has to hold true for Kershaw.  After all, Felix Hernandez won the award last season with a .500 record, for a losing team.  Halladay & Lee aside, Kershaw & Verlander should be locks for the Cy Youngs in their respective leagues.  I don't think either deserves the MVP award, that's just my personal view on what players should get that award.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 1:59 am

Verlander, Kershaw win pitching triple crowns

Verlander deserves to be the MVP.  The Tigers would not be in the playoffs without him.

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