Friday, August 19, 2011

Unexpected Top 10 League Leaders- AL Edition

With only a month and a half of the 2011 season remaining it's interesting to see some of the names that litter the Top 10 leader board of various stats in the American League. Take a look...
Batting Average - Casey Kotchman/TBR, .332/3rd, his career appeared to be nearing an end after hitting a measly .217 with the Mariners last year. He didn't even start this season in the majors, Tampa called him up after the first week of the season.

Doubles - Alex Gordon/KCR, 37/2nd (hits- 145/6th, runs- 78/9th), the former 1st round pick was considered a dud until his breakout performance this season.

Hits - Melky Cabrera/KCR, 158/3rd (doubles- 33/6th), hit only .255 with 117 hits last year with the Braves and was only pick up by the Royals in the offseason out of necessity, not because he was actually sought after.

Triples - Jemile Weeks/OAK, 8/3rd, Rickie's little brother only has 61 games to his name, but that hasn't stopped him from flashing his brilliant speed.

Homeruns - Mark Trumbo/LAA, 23/9th, the rookie is playing because the Angels go-to 1st baseman, Kendrys Morales, never healed from his broken leg. Trumbo's big blasts have helped soothe the pain.

Walks - Ian Kinsler/TEX, 70/7th, he's already set a career high with bases on balls and he's even walked more than he's struck out this year.

OPS - Alex Avila/DET, .892/7th, Victor Martinez was supposed to be the stud bat for the Tigers at catcher, but Avila earned the All-Star nod and is having a tremendous season behind the plate and at the plate for Detroit.

ERA - Justin Masterson/CLE, 2.71/4th, after turning in a 4.70 ERA last year, this tall Jamaican seemed more like a #5 starter than a #1, but things have turned for the better.

Wins - Ivan Nova/NYY, Josh Tomlin/CLE (WHIP- 1.04/6th), and Alexi Ogando/TEX (WHIP- 1.13/10th) 12/4th. Ogando is a converted reliever, Tomlin only had 6 wins heading into the season, and Nova is always dealing with the Yankees crap of moving him to the minors or not.

Saves - Jordan Walden/LAA, 26/6th, Fernando Rodney was the closer to begin 2011, but Walden quickly stepped into the role when Rodney faltered and hasn't looked back since.

Saves - Sergio Santos/CHW, 25/7th, he was playing infield in the ChiSox minors just a couple seasons ago, but has taken to pitching quite nicely.

Saves - Kyle Farnsworth/TBR, 21/10th, is having the best season of his 13 year career.

Holds - Vinnie Pestano/CLE, 17/7th, is one of the main components in the Indians bullpen that is a major reason their still in contention.

WHIP - Michael Pineda/SEA, 1.11/8th, the rookie would have a better record than 9-7 if Seattle actually had an offense to support him.

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