Surprises abound on leaderboards 

August, 29, 2014

With a month of games to go in the regular season, the races for individual statistical honors are still up for grabs and in most cases they feature some surprising names. That's part of the fun of it for me. Anyone could have predicted Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to lead everyone in home runs or Los Angeles Dodgers ace lefty Clayton Kershaw to set the pace in wins and ERA, but how about Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nelson Cruz, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta and … have you seen the NL batting race? It's fun! Let's share a few thoughts on the races.

AL batting champ: In March, I actually predicted Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano to win this title, and he's close, a tad behind Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Detroit Tigers first baseman Victor Martinez and Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. Two of those fellows are 35 years old and Cano is 31. Don't forget the old guys in drafts! And all four of these players are probably in my top 25 next season as well.