Although the 2013 season was a roller coaster ride for the Los Angeles Dodgers, no one can deny the talent on this team. There were quite a few players who stepped up in big moments for the Dodgers, but being an MVP isn’t about just particular moments. If you expect to be called MVP, then those kinds of players are there from start to finish and do their best to carry the team regardless of how well they are or aren’t playing at any given time. The following two players really stood out to me as being the MVPs for the Dodgers during the 2013 season.
Offensively you could say there were a few players who could be labeled MVP, but really there was only one player who stood out to be as being dominant when the Dodgers were both doing poorly and playing well this season. Hanley Ramirez and Yasiel Puig were two of the biggest reasons for Los Angeles’ turnaround this season, but it’s Adrian Gonzalez who I feel was this team’s offensive MVP. Ramirez and Puig are certainly top candidates and can be argued very heavily in favor of, but it was Adrian who was there the whole season when the Dodgers were both terrible and when they turned it around. Hanley and Yasiel would’ve likely finished the season with better stats than Adrian if they played as many games as Gonzalez, but that wasn’t the case and that affected my decision a lot. Gonzalez gives the Dodgers a solid bat and the veteran leadership this team needs. He was the Dodgers’ qualifying leader in games played, at-bats, runs, hits, batting average, home runs, RBI and more. That alone cements Adrian as the Dodgers’ offensive MVP.
Clayton Kershaw was the pitching MVP for Los Angeles, and it’s really not even close. Kershaw led not only the Dodgers but all of MLB in ERA and WHIP, and he also led the National League in strikeouts. Clayton made 33 starts and 27 of them were quality starts. He is also expected to win his second NL Cy Young award for his phenomenal season he had in 2013. Without a shadow of a doubt, Kershaw is the pitching MVP for the Dodgers.