The 2013 Major League Baseball Regular season is finally done, but for two teams, a 163rd game is necessary to determine who gets a chance to play October baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays and Texas Rangers will battle in Arlington to determine who the second American League Wild Card spot will go to. The MLB Playoffs will begin on Tuesday with a play-in game featuring the division rivals Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates with the winner moving on to battle another division opponent, the St. Louis Cardinals. As we look forward to the postseason madness, let us first look back on some of the biggest stars of the 2013 MLB regular season.
Chris Davis, Baltimore Orioles
Davis could very well be the AL MVP after the stellar season he put up. He broke Brady Anderson’s franchise record for home runs in a season by hitting 53, while also hitting .286 with 138 RBIs. The first basemen has put together quality back-to-back seasons for the Orioles and could be the biggest breakout star of the year.
Craig Kimbrel, Atlanta Braves
As baseball fans said goodbye to one legendary closer in New York, a fourth-year player for the Braves quietly put together one of the best seasons for a closer in MLB history. Kimbrel finished the season with 50 saves in 68 games with a 1.21 ERA. He also recorded 98 strikeouts in 67 innings and had a WHIP of 0.881. Aside from his saves total, this wasn’t his best season in the majors, but with 139 saves at the age of 25, Kimbrel could be the only player that can reach Mariano Rivera’s numbers.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
While Albert Pujols struggled to stay healthy and Josh Hamilton couldn’t get in a groove, Trout continued his remarkable play, putting him in the conversation for one of the best players in the league. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year last season, Trout didn’t experience a letdown in 2013, hitting .323 with 27 home runs, 97 RBIs, while leading the league in runs (109) and walks (100). The things he can do at his age (21) are incredible and he could end up as one of the greatest of all time if he can avoid injury.