Trumbo (47 HRs), Arenado (133 RBIs) also finish atop leaderboards
By Manny Randhawa
With the regular season having come to a close, the final stat lines are in the books. That means we know who led the Majors in each statistical category, as well as the American and National League leaders. Here's a look at the leaderboards following the final games of the season on Sunday:
Astros second baseman Jose Altuve was named the Rod Carew American League batting champion, his second batting crown in three years, finishing with a .338 mark, 20 points better than Mookie Betts' .318 for Boston. Altuve also led the Majors with 216 hits.
Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu earned the title of Tony Gwynn National League batting champion by finishing the season with a .348 average, just a point better than the Nationals' Daniel Murphy.
The AL home run crown belongs to the Orioles' Mark Trumbo, who finished with an MLB-best 47. Nelson Cruz of the Mariners was second, finishing with 43. It marked the fourth consecutive season that the home run champion hailed from Baltimore.
In the NL, Colorado's Nolan Arenado and Milwaukee's Chris Carter finished the regular season tied with 41 roundtrippers apiece. Arenado hit his 41st on Friday night against Carter's Brewers, and Carter hit his 40th in the same game before connecting for No. 41 on a game-winning shot in the 10th inning Saturday night at Coors Field. Arenado tied for the home run lead for the second consecutive year, hitting 42 in 2015 to match NL Most Valuable Player Bryce Harper.
In his farewell season, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz finished tied with Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion with 127 RBIs to lead the AL. Arenado took the NL RBI title, driving in 133 runs for the Rockies. That total bested second-place Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs by 24.
On the pitching side of the ledger, Blue Jays right-hander Aaron Sanchez edged out Tigers righty Justin Verlander for the AL ERA title, 3.00 to 3.04. In the NL, Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks won the ERA crown with a 2.13 mark -- teammate Jon Lester finished second at 2.44.
Rick Porcello of the Red Sox won the most decisions in the AL, going 22-4. Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ finished with a record of 20-4. In the NL, Max Scherzer went 20-7, and Lester finished at 19-5.
Scherzer led the Majors with 284 strikeouts. The AL was paced by Verlander, who finished with 254. The late Jose Fernandez, who was scheduled to pitch for the Marlins the day after he tragically passed away in a boating accident on Sept. 25, had 253.