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Dodgers Awards Through the First Half: Part 1

The Dodgers swept the Rockies this weekend, and honestly it was just such dominance there isn't really much interesting to write about. Buehler looked like himself on Friday, Bellinger hit a walk-off home run on Saturday, everybody homered on Sunday, and the bullpen is still great. Just boring old wins.

However, there have been quite a few stand-out performances from individual Dodgers so far, so I chose who I would give each MLB award to were only Dodgers to qualify.


MVP: Mookie Betts


HM: Corey Seager, AJ Pollock, Cody Bellinger, Chris Taylor

This one is pretty easy, considering he's a National League MVP candidate, but Corey Seager gave Mookie a run for his money. Honestly, Seager's luck might've killed him here. Pollock has contributed consistently and is having a career offensive year, while Bellinger has broken out enough I feel he deserves recognition here. Taylor is doing well offensively and providing elite defense as well, making him invaluable to the team.

Mookie, though, has been astonishing. He hasn't skipped a beat switching leagues, which makes the thought of what he could do when he gets comfortable with the new pictures absolutely terrifying for the league. Even with a very slow start and minor hand injury, he has 11 home runs and a 1.032 OPS, a number which trails only his AL MVP season. He's played stellar defense in right, including an insane throw from the right field corner at Chase Field to third base. So basically, he's settling in nicely on the Dodgers.


CY Young: Clayton Kershaw


HM: Dustin May, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin

Aside from a clunker against the Giants, whom he faces on Wednesday, Clayton Kershaw is having an absolutely insane year. He looks as if he's back to his 2017 form, if not, as Dave Roberts suggested, better. He's gained a whole mile per hour of velocity from last season, thanks to Driveline Baseball and the Dodgers' pitching coaches, averaging between 91-92 mph as opposed to 89-90, and has even hit 94 mph in the 7th inning of one of his starts. He is 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA through his first 4 starts this season, and his swing and misses as well as strikeouts have gone up a lot. His increased fastball velocity has made both his secondary pitches more effective, especially his slider. He has the best starter ERA on the team (excluding Gonsolin I guess, but he isn't consistently in the rotation) and has been the most consistent with innings and relieving the bullpen.




Look for the Rookie of the Year award as well as the Reliever and Comeback Player of the Year awards later this week.











Photo Credit: Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

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