NEW YORK – The Los Angeles Dodgers ‘Trea Turner and the Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel won their first batting titles Sunday in a season of contrasts in which four teams lost more than 100 games for the third time in history and four others exceeded 90 victories, only in the East Division of the American League.
Japan’s Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels was a sensation with an incredible season being a double threat, pitching and hitting, above even Babe Ruth’s level.
Turner hit .328 by beating National League batting champion Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals, who finished with a .313 average.
“It’s a matter of consistency, which I take pride in and show daily,” said Turner, a 28-year-old player who came to the Dodgers from the Nationals in late July.
For his part, Gurriel leads the American League batting .319 with the Astros. Teammate Michael Brantley was second with .311, just ahead of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who also hit .311 with the Toronto Blue Jays. Gurriel came in as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Sunday and singled as the Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 7-6.
At 37, the Cuban is the second-oldest batting champion, behind Barry Bonds, who got it at 38 in 2002.
Ohtani, 27, was second in the American League with .592 in slugging percentage. The Japanese led the American League with eight triples and was third in the major leagues with 46 home runs. He hit .257 with 100 RBIs and 26 stolen bases.
On the mound, he led AL pitchers by limiting opponents to a .122 batting average with running backs in scoring position. He held a .087 (127-11) batting average against his splitter, the lowest of any major league pitch with a minimum of 110 plate appearances.
Venezuelan catcher Salvador Perez of the Kansas City Royals and Guerrero Jr. tied for the top on the Major League Baseball home run list with 48 each, two more than Ohtani. Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres led the National with 42. Pérez also led the American League with 121 RBIs and Adam Duvall the National with 113 for the Miami Marlins and Atlanta Braves.
The San Francisco Giants (107), the Dodgers (106) and the Tampa Bay Rays (100) gave the Major Leagues three teams with at least 100 wins for the fourth consecutive full season. Prior to this run, it had only occurred in 1942, 1977, 1998, 2002 and 2003.
The Dodgers set the most victories for a team that finished second in their division, surpassing 104 for the Chicago Cubs in 1909 and the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942.
Every AL East team except the Baltimore Orioles won at least 90 games, the first time since the leagues were split into three divisions each in 1994 and only the second time after 1978 with the New York Yankees. , Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore.
Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore (both with 110), Texas Rangers (102) and Pittsburgh Pirates (100) caused four teams to lose at least 100 games in a full season for the second full season in a row, something that had only happened once, in 2002. .
Julio Urias, the Dodgers ‘Mexican, was the only pitcher with 20 wins, the fewest since there were none in 2017. The Yankees’ Gerrit Cole’s 16 wins were the fewest for the winningest pitcher in the United States. the American League in a full season.