The regular season is officially over after Wednesday, and with it we can now set our sights on the Playoffs (or perhaps, if your team wasn’t so lucky, next season). While everything as far as playoff seeding had been determined ahead of Wednesday, there were still some important matters to attend to. In the American League, the Triple Crown was at stake for Aaron Judge, the new AL single-season home run king, and he ultimately came up short in that race, falling to Minnesota’s Luis Arraez.
The Twins first baseman was almost a lock to win it coming into the day, but an assured performance that consisted of a pair of a walks and a double meant he was able to win the title and deny Judge, who also finished the season with a league-leading 131 RBI’s as well. In the National League, the New York Mets’ Jeff McNeil upstaged Freddie Freeman of the LA Dodgers for the batting title, hitting .326 over the year and getting a day off from hitting in game 162. Freeman would have had to go 4-4 or better on Wednesday to have a shot at it, and he ended up going 3-4 after a valiant performance. Both players will now head to the postseason and be big parts of their respective teams’ efforts.