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The 2021 season of the American League was the one hundred twenty-first 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 Chicago White Sox 162 93 69 0 .574 -.- 796 (4.91) 636 (3.93) 0.256 0.336 0.422 3.73 0.982
2 Cleveland Indians 162 80 82 0 .494 13.0 717 (4.43) 727 (4.49) 0.238 0.303 0.407 4.34 0.985
3 Detroit Tigers 162 77 85 0 .475 16.0 697 (4.30) 756 (4.67) 0.242 0.308 0.399 4.32 0.986
4 Kansas City Royals 162 74 88 0 .457 19.0 686 (4.23) 788 (4.86) 0.249 0.306 0.396 4.65 0.985
5 Minnesota Twins 162 73 89 0 .451 20.0 729 (4.50) 834 (5.15) 0.241 0.314 0.423 4.83 0.982
Eastern Division
1 Tampa Bay Rays 162 100 62 0 .617 -.- 857 (5.29) 651 (4.02) 0.242 0.321 0.428 3.67 0.986
2 Boston Red Sox* 162 92 70 0 .568 8.0 829 (5.12) 749 (4.62) 0.261 0.328 0.449 4.26 0.981
2 New York Yankees* 162 92 70 0 .568 8.0 711 (4.39) 669 (4.13) 0.237 0.322 0.407 3.74 0.993
4 Toronto Blue Jays 162 91 71 0 .562 9.0 846 (5.22) 663 (4.09) 0.266 0.330 0.466 3.91 0.984
5 Baltimore Orioles 162 52 110 0 .321 48.0 659 (4.07) 956 (5.90) 0.239 0.304 0.402 5.84 0.987
Western Division
1 Houston Astros 162 95 67 0 .586 -.- 863 (5.33) 658 (4.06) 0.267 0.339 0.444 3.76 0.988
2 Seattle Mariners 162 90 72 0 .556 5.0 697 (4.30) 748 (4.62) 0.226 0.303 0.385 4.30 0.986
3 Oakland Athletics 162 86 76 0 .531 9.0 743 (4.59) 687 (4.24) 0.238 0.316 0.406 4.02 0.987
4 Los Angeles Angels 162 77 85 0 .475 18.0 723 (4.46) 804 (4.96) 0.245 0.310 0.407 4.69 0.985
5 Texas Rangers 162 60 102 0 .370 35.0 625 (3.86) 815 (5.03) 0.232 0.294 0.375 4.79 0.986

League leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Marcus Semien
Whit Merrifield
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals
162
At Bats Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals 664
Runs Scored Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 123
Hits Bo Bichette Toronto Blue Jays 191
Doubles Jeimer Candelario
Whit Merrifield
J.D. Martinez
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Boston Red Sox
20
Triples Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels 8
Home Runs Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Salvador Perez
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals
48
Total Bases Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 363
Runs Batted In Salvador Perez Kansas City Royals 121
Stolen Bases Whit Merrifield Kansas City Royals 40
Caught Stealing Randy Arozarena
Shohei Ohtani
Tampa Bay Rays
Los Angeles Angels
10
Walks Joey Gallo Texas
New York
111
Intentional Base-on-Balls Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels 20
Hit by Pitch Ty France
Mark Canha
Seattle Mariners
Oakland Athletics
27
Strikeouts Joey Gallo Texas/New York 213
Sacrifice Hits Nicky Lopez Kansas City Royals 12
Sacrifice Flies Yuli Gurriel
Whit Merrifield
Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals
12
Grounded into Double Plays Jose Abreu Chicago White Sox 28
Batting Average Yuli Gurriel Houston Astros 0.319
On-Base Percentage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 0.401
Slugging Percentage Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 0.601
On-Base plus Slugging Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 1.002
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays 169

Pitching[edit]

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Gerrit Cole New York Yankees 16
Losses Cole Irvin Oakland Athletics 15
Win-Loss Percentage Chris Bassitt Oakland Athletics 0.750
Appearances Bryan Shaw Cleveland Indians 81
Games Started 7 tied with 32
Complete Games Sean Manaea
Gerrit Cole
Oakland Athletics
New York Yankees
2
Shutouts Sean Manaea Oakland Athletics 2
Games Finished Raisel Iglesias Los Angeles Angels 59
Saves Liam Hendriks Chicago White Sox 38
Innings Pitched Robbie Ray Toronto Blue Jays 193.1
Batters Faced Jose Berrios Minnesota/Toronto 781
Hits Allowed Cole Irvin Oakland Athletics 195
Home Runs Allowed Jordan Lyles Texas Rangers 38
Base-on-Balls Allowed Lance McCullers Houston Astros 76
Intentional Base-on-Balls Hirokazu Sawamura Boston Red Sox 6
Hit Batsmen Alek Manoah Toronto Blue Jays 16
Strikeouts Robbie Ray Toronto Blue Jays 248
Wild Pitches Dylan Cease Chicago White Sox 13
Balks 11 tied with 2
Runs Allowed Dallas Keuchel Chicago White Sox 105
Earned Runs Allowed Jordan Lyles Texas Rangers 103
Earned Run Average Robbie Ray Toronto Blue Jays 2.84
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Robbie Ray Toronto Blue Jays 1.045

All-Star Game[edit]

The American League won the 2021 All-Star Game, played at Coors Field in Denver, CO on Tuesday, July 13, 2021 by a score of 5 to 2 over the National League. The league's manager was Kevin Cash.

Postseason[edit]

The 2021 American League playoffs featured the champions of the league's three divisions along with two wild card teams. The teams competed in a Wild Card Game, 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 Game     Division Series     League Championship Series
                           
        East. Tampa Bay Rays    1    
  WC1 Boston Red Sox   1       WC  Boston Red Sox    3      
  WC2 New York Yankees   0            WC Boston Red Sox    2  
       West. Houston Astros    4  
        West. Houston Astros    3      
        Cent. Chicago White Sox   1    

In the World Series, the American League champion Houston Astros were defeated by the National League's Atlanta Braves, 4 games to 2.

Award winners[edit]

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Shohei Ohtani, a designated hitter/pitcher with the Los Angeles Angels, by unanimous vote. In the award's voting, he had 420 out of a possible 420 points and all 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Robbie Ray of the Toronto Blue Jays. In the award's voting, he had 207 out of a possible 210 points and 29 of 30 first-place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Randy Arozarena, an outfielder with the Tampa Bay Rays. In the award's voting, he had 124 of a possible 150 points and 22 of 30 first-place votes.

The Mariano Rivera Award, given to the best relief pitcher in the league, was given to Liam Hendriks of the Chicago White Sox.

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 Dallas Keuchel Chicago White Sox
C Sean Murphy Oakland Athletics
1B Yuli Gurriel Houston Astros
2B Marcus Semien Toronto Blue Jays
3B Matt Chapman Oakland Athletics
SS Carlos Correa Houston Astros
LF Andrew Benintendi Kansas City Royals
CF Michael A. Taylor Kansas City Royals
RF Joey Gallo Texas Rangers/New York Yankees

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 Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Toronto Blue Jays
2B Marcus Semien Toronto Blue Jays
3B Rafael Devers Boston Red Sox
SS Xander Bogaerts Boston Red Sox
OF Teoscar Hernandez Toronto Blue Jays
Aaron Judge New York Yankees
Cedric Mullins Baltimore Orioles
DH Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Monthly Awards[edit]

Notable events[edit]

Umpires[edit]

See 2021 Major League Baseball

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