Ohtani Wins Angels’ 13th AL West Home Run Title

Check the end of this post to see how many of the previous twelve winners you could name. In case this bit of information helps you, the Angels were charter members of the AL West when it began play in 1969.

With the regular season wrapped up, it is now time to see who the various AL West individual achievement winners were. It is nice to see a couple of Angels taking home some of the crowns.

Home Runs

1.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 46
2.  Matt Olson OAK 39
3.  Mitch Haniger SEA 39
4.  Kyle Seager SEA 35
5.  Yordan Alvarez HOU 33

Runs

1.  Jose Altuve HOU 117
2.  Mitch Haniger SEA 110
3.  Carlos Correa HOU 104
4.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 103
5.  Matt Olson OAK 101

RBI

1.  Matt Olson OAK 111
2.  Yordan Alvarez HOU 104
3.  Kyle Seager SEA 101
4.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 100
5.  Mitch Haniger SEA 100

Stolen Bases

1.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 26
2.  Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX 20
3.  Miles Straw HOU 17
4.  Adolis Garcia TEX 16
5.  David Fletcher LAA 15

Batting Average

1.  Yuli Gurriel HOU .319
2.  Michael Brantley HOU .311
3.  Kyle Tucker HOU .294
4.  Ty France SEA .291
5.  Carlos Correa HOU .279

Walks

1.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 96
2.  Matt Olson OAK 88
3.  Nate Lowe TEX 80
4.  Matt Chapman OAK 80
5.  Mark Canha OAK 77

Hits

1.  Isiah Kiner-Falefa TEX 172
2.  Yuli Gurriel HOU 169
3.  JP Crawford SEA 169
4.  Jose Altuve HOU 167
5.  Ty France SEA 166

Triples

1.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 8
2.  Mark Canha OAK 4
3.  six guys with three

Outfield Assists

1.  Adolis Garcia TEX 16
2.  Joey Gallo TEX 9
3.  Ramon Laureano OAK 7
4.  Kyle Tucker HOU 6
5.  Juan Lagares LAA 5

Caught Stealing

1.  Martin Maldonado HOU 19
2.  Sean Murphy OAK 13
3.  Tom Murphy SEA 9
3.  Jonah Heim TEX 9
5.  Max Stassi LAA 8
5.  Kurt Suzuki LAA 8

Wins

1.  Chris Flexen SEA 14
2.  Frankie Montas OAK 13
2.  Lance McCullers, Jr. HOU 13
4.  Sean Manaea OAK 11
4.  Zack Greinke HOU 11

ERA (Qualifiers Only)

1.  Lance McCullers, Jr. HOU 3.16
2.  Frankie Montas OAK 3.37
3.  Chris Flexen SEA 3.61
4.  Sean Manaea OAK 3.91
5.  Zack Greinke HOU 4.16

ERA (Min 100 IP)

1.  Kyle Gibson TEX 2.87
2.  Framber Valdez HOU 3.14
3.  Chris Bassitt OAK 3.15
4.  Lance McCullers, Jr. HOU 3.16
5.  Shohei Ohtani LAA 3.18

Strikeouts

1.  Frankie Montas OAK 207
2.  Sean Manaea OAK 194
3.  Lance McCullers, Jr. HOU 185
4.  Luis Garcia HOU 167
5.  Yusei Kikuchi SEA 163

Saves

1.  Raisel Iglesias LAA 34
2.  Ryan Pressly HOU 26
3.  Lou Trivino OAK 22
4.  Ian Kennedy TEX 16
5.  Drew Steckenrider SEA 14

Relief Pitcher WHIP (Min 50 IP)

1.  Raisel Iglesias LAA 0.93
2.  Ryan Pressly HOU 0.97
3.  Kendall Graveman SEA/HOU 0.98
4.  Drew Steckenrider SEA 1.02
5.  Paul Sewald SEA 1.02

It is a foregone conclusion that Shohei Ohtani is the 2021 MVP of the AL West, but who is the division’s 2021 Cy Young award winner? In my eyes, it comes down to either Raisel Iglesias, Frankie Montas, or Lance McCullers, Jr.

And before I go, here is the list of all of the Angels who have won an AL West Home Run Title (with their home run totals in parenthesis):

  1. Bobby Bonds 1977 (37)
  2. Don Baylor 1978 (34)
  3. Don Baylor 1979 (36)
  4. Bobby Grich 1981 (22)
  5. Reggie Jackson 1982 (39)
  6. Troy Glaus 2000 (47)
  7. Vladimir Guerrero 2004 (39)
  8. Vladimir Guerrero 2007 (27)
  9. Kendrys Morales 2009 (34)
  10. Mark Trumbo 2013 (34)
  11. Mike Trout 2019 (45)
  12. Mike Trout 2020 (17)
  13. Shohei Ohtani 2021 (46)

Trout could have won more AL West Home Run Titles, but he was edged out multiple times by Nelson Cruz of Seattle and Chris Davis of Oakland.

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BruinsAngelsKings
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16 days ago

All of the asstros are cheaters so none of their accomplishments count.

2002heaven
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15 days ago

Sure they do.
They were smart enough to sign Michael Brantley while we’re stuck with Justin Upton for another season. They have a good farm system and we still don’t ( that’s why they were able to trade for Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke in recent years ). Can you develop a good farm system by banging on trash cans?
They let George Springer and Dallas Keuchel walk out the door as FA’s in recent years and they haven’t missed a beat.
I don’t believe in hating successful people or organizations.

Fansince1971
Super Member
16 days ago

Isn’t it a bit of a stretch not to include the entire AL? Limiting to the AL West is a teeny bit lame IMO.

Fansince1971
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Interesting take. I like it. That said – despite having Angels leading or in the top 5 of many of these categories, the team was not competitive against the AL West. If the focus is on the division, I’d like to see more of the stats that explain the Angels failure this season against the AL West as opposed to leading with Ohtani hitting the most homeruns in the division.

How about failure to hold leads or blown leads or inherited runners scored. Something to show why the Angels failed so miserably within the division in 2021.

Fansince1971
Super Member
16 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Now this has a bit more ‘tale of the tape’. Amazing the relief WHIP was that high with Raisel. This was a truly poor relief crew other than him and maybe a couple league average relievers. .

I also like the RE 24 stat to measure relief pitcher performance. Any chance you have those for the AL West in 2021?

Last edited 16 days ago by Fansince1971
Fansince1971
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16 days ago
Reply to  BoyWithApple

Thank you very much.

To give this perspective:

RE 24 scale is as follows:

0 is average
-5 is below average
– 10 is poor
-15 is awful.

+5 is above average
+10 is great
+15 is excellent

Seattle’s success this year can be traced to their very good relief pitching. To have a +2.24 RE 24 as a relief staff is really good.

By contrast the Angels’ relievers at nearly -47 as a staff (despite Raisel’s +12) is again the ‘tale-of-the-tape’. It’s piss poor awful.

These analytics really should guide Perry in the off-season. The bullpen needs to be rebuilt and Raisel needs to be kept.

matthiasstephan
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15 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Well, the five there account for the entire -47. The question is to look at the rest – and see if we have any (other) salvageable arms. That will let you know how much work needs to be done.

But yes, keep Raisel, Quijada and Warren. Who else?

Fansince1971
Super Member
15 days ago

Those 5 don’t make up for the +29 from the other 5.

With the guys who had a positive RE 24 taken into account, the remainder were -77. Yes MINUS 77!

So I don’t think there is anyone salvageable from the 2021 relief corps than the 3 you mentioned.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
15 days ago

Plus piss poor fielding across the board, deplorable crash & burn season out of Dylan Bundy who many here at CTPG had high hopes for in 2021. No depth, just way too many holes beyond Trout, Ren-Done, Walsh, and Ohtani. Oh yeah I almost forgot………No SS again, Perry decided to sign Iglesias over Semien.

Last edited 15 days ago by 2002heaven
Marcotor
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16 days ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I first thought this was some writeup by the Angels social-media interns, with the cherry picking for a “leader” stat. “Most Strikeouts in AL for all teams with a G in their name”.

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