Like seemingly every other race in the 2012 MLB season, the battle for most wins in the American League by a pitcher came down to the 162nd and final game of the regular season.
Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver had the opportunity to win the crown outright by registering a win on Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, but surrendered two runs in one inning of work and was pegged with the loss, which means there is a tie for first place in the American League with Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, at 20 wins.
Weaver ended up winning exactly 66 percent of his appearances by collecting 20 wins in 30 starts in 2012 to finish 20-5. He notched a phenomenal 2.81 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and a .214 BAA—all of which ranked in the top five in the American League.
After registering 18 wins in 2011, the 29-year-old collected two more wins in three less starts. After seven years as a starter, there is no question he’s on the short-list of best hurlers in the game today.
Price is right beside him.
The left-hander finished 2012 with a 20-5 record, a 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .226 BAA and 205 strikeouts.
At the age of 27, Price registered his third season of collecting at least 200 innings (211) as he further established himself as the ace of arguably the best pitching staff in baseball.
Weaver and Price join Gio Gonzalez (21) of the Washington Nationals and R.A. Dickey (20) of the New York Mets of the National League as this season’s 20-game winners.
While the postseason evaded both Weaver and Price, there is no doubt who the best AL starting pitchers were in the 2012 season.
American League Wins Final Standings:
|T-1. Jared Weaver, Angels||20|
|T-1. David Price, Rays||20|
|3. Matt Harrison, Rangers||18|
|T-4. Justin Verlander, Tigers||17|
|T-4. Chris Sale||17|