The baseball season is long ... really, really long. In fact, as of today, the Dodgers are through 92 games. To put that into perspective, that’s 10 more games than the NHL and NBA seasons and nearly six times as many games as the NFL. So, it’s a decent point to stop and recognize the players who deserve it most.
Before we begin, I would like to preface that the Dodgers currently have the best record (60-32) and run differential (+129) in all of Major League Baseball. They also have a 13 1⁄2 lead in their division. So yeah, the team is filled with extraordinary players.
These awards were voted by the True Blue LA fans via a Twitter poll, so the results are very official.
Most Valuable Player
Nominees: Cody Bellinger, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Alex Verdugo
Cody Bellinger takes home the Most Valuable Player award for his absolutely dominant first half performance. He’s having a phenomenal season and (if he keeps up this pace) is a serious candidate to become the National League MVP at the end of the season. The 23-year-old is leading the team in every single offense statistic, including an impressive 6.6 rWAR (of which he leads the MLB). He also has a very real chance of earning a triple crown, as he ranks second in baseball in batting average, runs batted in and home runs.
Nominees: Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu
Hyun-Jin Ryu gets the Cy Young award for the lights out season he is having. After battling injury after injury for the past few years, Ryu is finally healthy and getting his time to shine. The left hander boasts the lowest ERA (1.73) in of all of baseball to earn him the All-Star Game start for the National League. Ryu holds his opponents to a .219 batting average and has only allowed 10 walks this season. Additionally, his 3.7 bWAR is the highest amongst Dodgers pitchers and is ranked fourth out of all NL pitchers.
Rookie of the Year
Nominees: Matt Beaty, Will Smith, Alex Verdugo
Alex Verdugo gets the Rookie of the Year award after working his way to become an everyday player. The 22-year-old’s patience and power at the plate as well as his outstanding fielding come together to create an ideal ballplayer. He has a .303/.350/.489 slash line and has the fourth-highest rWAR on the Dodgers (2.8). The youngster is one of the largest personalities on this team, even bringing his fun theatrics to the field. He won over the hearts of Dave Roberts and Dodgers fans.
Reliever of the Year
Nominees: Pedro Baez, Yimi García, Kenley Jansen
Pedro Baez is named the Reliever of the year for his reliability out of the pen. It’s no surprise the Dodgers bullpen is the weakest spot of the team, but Baez’s consistency puts him ahead of the pack. Of all the players who have been in the pen all season (excluding Julio Urías and Ross Stripling), Petey has the lowest ERA (2.70) and is second on the team in WHIP (0.875). Only Yimi Garcia boasts a lower WHIP (0.771).
Nominees: Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, Joc Pederson
Of course the Bellinger conversation is not over. He is the most valuable Dodgers player, after all. Bellinger was voted as the Silver Slugger, with 86% of votes in favor of him. Bellinger is slashing .336/.432/.692 this season, and is tied for second-most home runs in the majors with 30. His 191 OPS+ is also the best in the majors.
Nominees: Austin Barnes, Cody Bellinger, Alex Verdugo
Last but certainly not least, the Gold Glove award is earned by Cody Bellinger. He leads the team in defensive runs saved with 18 in right field and in fielding percentage among everyday players (.996). He’s no stranger to making great diving plays, contributing to his 1.5 defensive WAR which is third in the majors. Alex Verdugo is an honorable mention for this category. Verdugo, like Belli, makes great plays in the outfield to make an extreme effort to catch every single ball that comes his way.