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2020 American League

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The 2020 season of the American League was the one hundred twentieth season of the league.

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Season summary[edit]

Standings[edit]

An asterisk (*) indicates the team was one of its league's wild cards, Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Central Division
1 Minnesota Twins 60 36 24 0 .600 -.- 269 (4.48) 215 (3.58) 0.242 0.315 0.427 3.58 0.990
2 Cleveland Indians* 60 35 25 0 .583 1.0 248 (4.13) 209 (3.48) 0.228 0.317 0.372 3.29 0.986
2 Chicago White Sox* 60 35 25 0 .583 1.0 306 (5.10) 246 (4.10) 0.261 0.326 0.453 3.81 0.982
4 Kansas City Royals 60 26 34 0 .433 10.0 248 (4.13) 272 (4.53) 0.244 0.309 0.402 4.30 0.985
5 Detroit Tigers 58 23 35 0 .397 12.0 249 (4.29) 318 (5.48) 0.245 0.303 0.397 5.63 0.987
Eastern Division
1 Tampa Bay Rays 60 40 20 0 .667 -.- 289 (4.82) 229 (3.82) 0.238 0.328 0.425 3.56 0.985
2 New York Yankees* 60 33 27 0 .550 7.0 315 (5.25) 270 (4.50) 0.247 0.342 0.447 4.35 0.976
3 Toronto Blue Jays* 60 32 28 0 .533 8.0 302 (5.03) 312 (5.20) 0.255 0.325 0.441 4.60 0.982
4 Baltimore Orioles 60 25 35 0 .417 15.0 274 (4.57) 294 (4.90) 0.258 0.321 0.429 4.51 0.980
5 Boston Red Sox 60 24 36 0 .400 16.0 292 (4.87) 351 (5.85) 0.265 0.330 0.445 5.58 0.979
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 60 36 24 0 .600 -.- 274 (4.57) 232 (3.87) 0.225 0.322 0.396 3.77 0.987
2 Houston Astros* 60 29 31 0 .483 7.0 279 (4.65) 275 (3.95) 0.240 0.312 0.408 3.66 0.991
3 Seattle Mariners 60 27 33 0 .450 9.0 254 (4.23) 303 (5.05) 0.226 0.309 0.370 5.03 0.989
4 Los Angeles Angels 60 26 34 0 .433 10.0 294 (4.90) 321 (5.35) 0.248 0.332 0.430 5.09 0.983
5 Texas Rangers 60 22 38 0 .367 14.0 224 (3.73) 312 (5.20) 0.217 0.285 0.364 5.02 0.981

League leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played 8 tied with 60
At Bats Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals 248
Runs Scored Tim Anderson
Jose Ramirez
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
45
Hits Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 76
Doubles Cesar Hernandez Cleveland Indians 20
Triples Kyle Tucker Houston Astros 8
Home Runs Luke Voit New York Yankees 22
Total Bases Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 148
Runs Batted In Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 60
Stolen Bases Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals 24
Caught Stealing Adalberto Mondesi Kansas City Royals 8
Walks Carlos Santana Cleveland Indians 47
Intentional Base-on-Balls Nelson Cruz Minnesota Twins 5
Hit by Pitch Ramon Laureano Oakland Athletics 12
Strikeouts Miguel Sano Minnesota Twins 90
Sacrifice Hits Andrew Velazquez
Reese McGuire
Delino DeShields
Cedric Mullins
Baltimore Orioles
Toronto Blue Jays
Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
4
Sacrifice Flies Kyle Seager Seattle Mariners 6
Grounded into Double Plays Jose Abreu
Anthony Rendon
Chicago White Sox
Los Angeles Angels
10
Batting Average D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees 0.364
On-Base Percentage D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees 0.421
Slugging Percentage Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 0.617
On-Base plus Slugging D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees 1.011
On-Base plus Slugging Plus D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees 177

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians 8
Losses Matthew Boyd Detroit Tigers 7
Win-Loss Percentage Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians 0.889
Appearances Scott Barlow Kansas City Royals 32
Games Started Lance Lynn Texas Rangers 13
Complete Games Gerrit Cole New York Yankees 2
Shutouts 5 tied with 1
Games Finished Brad Hand Cleveland Indians 21
Saves Brad Hand Cleveland Indians 16
Innings Pitched Lance Lynn Texas Rangers 84.0
Batters Faced Lance Lynn Texas Rangers 344
Hits Allowed Aaron Civale Cleveland Indians 82
Home Runs Allowed Matthew Boyd Detroit Tigers 15
Base-on-Balls Allowed Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox 34
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ty Buttrey
Oliver Perez
Joakim Soria
Los Angeles Angels
Cleveland Indians
Oakland Athletics
3
Hit Batsmen Ryan Yarbrough Tampa Bay Rays 7
Strikeouts Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians 122
Wild Pitches Blake Snell
Tyler Glasnow
Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays
7
Balks Ryan Brasier
Cristian Javier
Boston Red Sox
Houston Astros
2
Runs Allowed Jordan Lyles Texas Rangers 49
Earned Runs Allowed Matthew Boyd
Jordan Lyles
Detroit Tigers
Texas Rangers
45
Earned Run Average Shane Bieber Cleveland Indians 1.63
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Kenta Maeda Minnesota Twins 0.750

All-Star Game[edit]

The 2020 All-Star Game had been scheduled to be played on Tuesday, July 14 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA but was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Postseason[edit]

The 2020 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with the second-place team in each division and two wild card teams. The teams competed in a best-of-three Wild Card Series, a best-of-five Division Series, and a best-of-seven League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Wild Card Series Division Series League Championship Series
                           
  1  Tampa Bay Rays 2  
8  Toronto Blue Jays 0  
  1  Tampa Bay Rays 3  
  5  New York Yankees 2  
4  Cleveland Indians 0
  5  New York Yankees 2  
    1  Tampa Bay Rays 4
  6  Houston Astros 3
  3  Minnesota Twins 0  
6  Houston Astros 2  
  6  Houston Astros 3
  2  Oakland Athletics 1  
7  Chicago White Sox 1
  2  Oakland Athletics 2  

In the World Series, the American League champion Tampa Bay Rays were defeated by the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2.

Award winners[edit]

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was José Abreu, a first baseman with the Chicago White Sox. In the award's voting, he had 374 out of a possible 420 points and 21 of 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Indians, by unanimous vote. In the award's voting, he had 210 out of a possible 210 points and all 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Kyle Lewis, an outfielder with the Seattle Mariners. In the award's voting, he had 150 of a possible 150 points and all 30 first-place votes.

The Mariano Rivera Award, given to the best relief pitcher in the league, was given to Liam Hendriks of the Oakland Athletics.

Gold Gloves[edit]

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Griffin Canning Los Angeles Angels
C Roberto Perez Cleveland Indians
1B Evan White Seattle Mariners
2B Cesar Hernandez Cleveland Indians
3B Isiah Kiner-Falefa Texas Rangers
SS J.P. Crawford Seattle Mariners
LF Alex Gordon Kansas City Royals
CF Luis Robert Chicago White Sox
RF Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

Silver Sluggers[edit]

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best hitters as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals
1B Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox
2B D.J. LeMahieu New York Yankees
3B Jose Ramirez Cleveland Indians
SS Tim Anderson Chicago White Sox
OF Teoscar Hernandez Toronto Blue Jays
Mike Trout Los Angeles Angels
Eloy Jimenez Chicago White Sox
DH Nelson Cruz Minnesota Twins

Monthly Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

Umpires[edit]

See 2020 Major League Baseball

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