Alright, time for the final American League Gold Glove finalist post and as you can see, we’re going to close out the American League with the Pitchers.
If you haven’t checked out the previous articles I’ve been posting all morning with the list of players at each position who made the final cut, please click here.
Now let’s get this final American League list underway and check out who made the final three.
Mark Buehrle, Toronto Blue Jays – Buehrle is currently the favorite to win this years Gold Glove as he did the previous four years. His last Gold Glove was actually as a player representing the National League. In his first year back in the American League since the 2011 season (I know, it was like 20 years ago SUCH A LONG TIME!) he made 33 starts and pitched 203 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays while posting a 4.15 ERA with 139 strike outs with a win/loss record of 12-10. Buehrle won his previous four Gold Gloves with percentages of 1.000, .982, 1.000 and .982 and this season he posted a .952. That’s not his greatest, but not his lowest. The last time Buehrle put up a .952 fielding percentage was the 2001 season with the Chicago White Sox. He managed to record 12 put outs with 35 assists, two errors and one double play.
R.A. Dickey, Toronto Blue Jays – R.A. will be battling neck and neck with his teammate who is listed above for that beautiful Gold Glove. This season wasn’t that big of a disappointment, but a definite let down as he was coming off a 20-6, 2.73 ERA season with the New York Mets. This season Dickey put up a 4.21 ERA and a win/loss of 14-13. He scored 10 points higher in fielding percentage over Buehrle, so that should give him a slight edge on him. He picked up 11 put outs on 53 chances with 40 assists, two errors and one double play.
Doug Fister, Detroit Tigers, - Well I thought outfielder Andy Dirks was the only Detroit Tiger who was up for a Gold Glove but apparently I was wrong. Left handed pitcher Doug Fister pitched 208 2/3 innings this season and put up a win/loss record of 14-9 this season along side a 3.67 ERA. Fister should have a great chance of walking away with this Gold Glove considering his perfect fielding percentage through 32 starts. He picked up 23 put outs, 30 assists, no errors and five double plays.