Who Leads Every Major MLB Stat Category After One-Third of the Season?
A look at the players leading the AL and NL in 10 classic statistical categories
During the Major League Baseball season, the arrival of Memorial Day usually means that the season is about one-third of the way over. This year, with the season getting off to a slightly different start than normal thanks to MLB’s shortened season last year, most ballclubs have hit or will hit that third-of-the-way pole this week.
That being the case, we thought it’d be a good chance to take a break from talking about how and why good pitching is killing baseball and instead take a look at the players who have been pro baseball’s top producers throughout the first third of the season in 10 classic statistical categories. Analytics are well and good, but if you’re looking for WAR, look elsewhere.
Also, with a crackdown on pitchers doctoring the baseball coming within the next week or so, it will be very interesting to see whether MLB’s top performers and the one-third mark still at the top of the league at the season’s halfway point. Theoretically, the crackdown should lead to the numbers improving for hitters and declining for pitchers, but there’s really no way to know. Maybe we’ll check in at midseason and see. Regardless, here’s how things stand now.
(All statistics current as of the afternoon of 6/7/2021.)
American League: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.333, Blue Jays), Yuli Gurriel, (.325, Astros), Cedric Mullins (.322, Orioles), J.D. Martinez (.321, Red Sox), Xander Bogaerts (.318, Red Sox)
National League: Nick Castellanos (.359, Reds), Jesse Winker (.350, Reds), Adam Frazier (.332, Pirates), Trea Turner (.311, Nationals), Kris Bryant (.309, Cubs)
Runs Batted In
American League: Austin Meadows (48, Rays), Rafael Devers (48, Red Sox), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (47, Blue Jays), Jose Abreu (46, White Sox), Trey Mancini (44, Orioles)
National League: Jesus Aguilar (Marlins, 44), Eduardo Escobar (41, Diamondbacks), Nolan Arenado (40, Cardinals), Javier Baez (39, Cubs), Fernando Tatis Jr. (39, Padres)
American League: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (18, Blue Jays), Adolis Garcia (16, Rangers), Shohei Ohtani (Angels, 16), Matt Olson (Athletics, 15), Rafael Devers (15, Red Sox)
National League: Jesse Winker (17, Reds), Fernando Tatis Jr. (17, Padres), Ronald Acuña Jr. (17, Braves), Eduardo Escobar (Diamondbacks, 14), Javier Baez (14, Cubs)
American League: Whit Merrifield (17, Royals), Niko Goodrum (10, Tigers) Isiah Kiner-Falefa (10, Rangers), Tim Anderson (9, White Sox) Cedric Mullins (9, Orioles)
National League: Trea Turner (13, Nationals), Fernando Tatis Jr. (13, Padres), Tommy Edman (12, Cardinals), Ronald Acuña Jr. (11, Braves), Garrett Hampson (11, Rockies)
American League: Cedric Mullins (73, Orioles), Isiah Kiner-Falefa (69, Rangers), Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (68, Blue Jays), J.D. Martinez (67, Red Sox), Xander Bogaerts (67, Red Sox)
National League: Adam Frazier (76, Pirates), Nick Castellanos (75, Reds), Trea Turner (71, Nationals), Jesse Winker (70, Reds), Tommy Edman (68, Cardinals)
Earned Run Average
American League: Kyle Gibson (2.06, Rangers), Gerrit Cole (2.26, Yankees), John Means (2.28, Orioles), Tyler Glasnow (2.69, Rays), Luis Garcia (2.75, Astros)
National League: Jacob deGrom (0.62, Mets), Kevin Gausman (1.27, Giants), Brandon Woodruff (1.42, Brewers), Trevor Rogers (1.97, Marlins), Corbin Burnes (1.97, Brewers)
American League: Shane Bieber (117, Indians), Tyler Glasnow (106, Rays), Gerrit Cole (104, Yankees), Lucas Giolito (87, White Sox), Chris Bassitt (80, Athletics)
National League: Max Scherzer (104, Nationals), Trevor Bauer (103, Dodgers), Zack Wheeler (100, Phillies), Corbin Burnes (94, Brewers), Kevin Gausman (93, Giants)
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings
American League: Shane Bieber (13.3, Indians), Tyler Glasnow (12.4, Rays), Gerrit Cole (12.4, Yankees), Dylan Cease (11.4, White Sox), Lucas Giolito (11.2, White Sox)
National League: Jacob deGrom (14.4, Mets), Corbin Burnes (14.3, Brewers), Freddy Peralta (12.9, Brewers), Joe Musgrove (12.2, Padres), Max Scherzer (12.2, Nationals)
American League: Aaron Civale (8, Indians), Yusmeiro Petit (7, Athletics), Lance Lynn (7, White Sox), Nathan Eovaldi (7, Red Sox), Zack Greinke (6, Astros)
National League: Julio Urias (8, Dodgers) Jack Flaherty (8, Cardinals), Clayton Kershaw (7, Dodgers), Kevin Gausman (7, Giants), Kyle Hendricks (7, Cubs)
American League: Liam Hendriks (15, White Sox), Matt Barnes (Red Sox, 14), Ian Kennedy (Rangers, 12), Aroldis Chapman (Yankees, 12), Raisel Iglesias (Angels, 10)
National League: Mark Melancon (19, Padres), Alex Reyes (Cardinals, 16), Craig Kimbrel (14, Cubs), Josh Hader (14, Brewers), Jake McGee (12, Giants)
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