As we head into the final stretch of games, the playoff teams in the National League have all but been decided, barring a meltdown that would allow one of the eight-games-back wild card teams to get back in it. Which means much of the discussion in these final weeks will focus more on individual accolades.
With the way the Los Angeles Dodgers have played since turning around their completely miserable start, going from one of the worst teams in baseball to an absolute championship contender, they should have plenty of names in the mix for individual awards when it’s all said and done.
We already know that Clayton Kershaw is a virtual lock for the Cy Young award, especially with Matt Harvey having gone down with his injury. He could also be in the mix for the National League Most Valuable Player award. If not, the Dodgers will certainly have other candidates in the mix.
There are at least three players on this Dodgers team that should garner at least some consideration for the award. The first is Yasiel Puig. As polarizing as he is, he’s made an impact in almost every facet of the game for the Dodgers. And you could make the argument that the Dodgers’ turnaround began when he arrived.
He’s not the only one, though. Adrian Gonzalez has returned to form and had a brilliant season for the Dodgers. His average is floating around .300 and he could touch 100 RBIs for the year. There’s also Hanley Ramirez, who has missed time throughout the season with a couple of injuries, but has still been dynamite.
The MVP award may not come from the Dodgers. There are a few outstanding candidates deserving, including Andrew McCutchen, who should probably take it home. But there’s no doubt that, regardless of who eventually takes it home, we’ll see multiple Dodgers in the mix to take home the hardware when it’s all said and done this season.