The Best Lefthanded Batters and Lefthanded Pitchers in Baseball
It has been a long time since the 2019 MLB season ended, so let's take a brief look back and remember where we were at the end of last season.
The 2019 MLB season ended on October 30th when the Washington Nationals defeated the Houston Astros in the seventh game of the World Series.
The Nationals had defeated the Brewers in the wild-card game, the Dodgers in the NLDS, and the Cardinals in the NLCS to win the National League pennant.
The Astros had defeated the Rays in the ALDS, and the Yankees in the ALCS to win the American League pennant.
Lots of great righthanded batters, pitchers and fielders contributed to an entertaining and suspenseful season and post-season, but we are not going to write about them here.
Among the many lefthanded players who had great seasons in 2019...
Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers was the National League Most Valuable Player, finishing the year with a .305 batting average, with 170 hits, 47 home runs, and 115 runs batted in. He also won a Gold Glove Award for his fielding excellence in the outfield.
Christian Yelich of the Brewers won the National League Batting Title with a .329 average after winning it the previous year with a .326 average. He finished 2nd in the NL MVP award voting after winning the award in 2018.
Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers finished 2nd in the voting for NL Cy Young Award.
Besides Bellinger, outfielder David Peralta of the Diamondbacks also won a Gold Glove Award, as did first-baseman Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs.
Rafael Devers of the Red Sox was 2nd in the majors with 201 hits.
Bellinger's 47 home runs were 2nd in the majors, and Yelich's 44 were 6th.
Freddie Freeman of the Braves had the the 3rd most runs batted in with 121.
Eduardo Rodriguez of the Red Sox had the 3rd most games won in the majors the 19.
Aroldis Chapman of the Yankees and Josh Hader of the Brewers were tied for 3rd most saves with 37. There were six lefthanded relievers among the top thirteen in saves, meaning there were more lefthanded relievers serving as closers than any time in recent memory.
2019 Major League Baseball Season Review