With a little over two weeks until the 2021 All-Star break, teams will look to prepare for the second half of the season. So far this year, the Los Angeles Dodgers are 48-31 and two and a half games back behind the San Francisco Giants, who currently have the best record in the majors.
Since getting no-hit by the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, the Dodgers have won four straight contests. Due to the injury carousel the Dodgers have experienced, the team has seen many different players significantly contribute.
We will be taking a look at who the Dodgers first-half MVP might be. This can change in the next coming games as the first half still needs to wrap up. But a broad idea at this point of players who are in that mix could be assumed.
Obviously big names who’ve struggled with injuries such as Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger will be excluded from the list. If they were fully healthy, they would have made this list harder than it already is.
For pitchers, it is quite tougher, as most of the rotation and relief crew has done well. But with them taking the field every other day it makes them tougher to place on the list. Certainly, Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and Trevor Bauer could be in the mix.
For myself, really it’s really between three names — Justin Turner, Max Muncy, and Chris Taylor. You can’t really go wrong picking any of them as the first-half team MVP. But picking just one of these three is quite tough. They are the Top 3 in batting average on the team, as Turner leads at .288, followed by Taylor and Muncy both at .262.
All three have progressed to the final round of All-Star Game voting.
Muncy leads the team in homers with 16, with Turner at second with 12 homers and Taylor is tied a third with ten homers. These three arguably have been the best hitters all year long, even though they have been out of the lineup at times.
Once again, in RBIs they are in the Top 3. Turner leads the pack with 40 RBI and Muncy and Taylor are right behind with 37 apiece. This one is close, but ultimately I would give it to Turner. The fact there was a possibility he wouldn’t be back this offseason after winning the World Series was high. There were even fans who wanted to replace him via trading for Nolan Arenado or somebody else.
Turner leads the team in average and RBI and is second in homers. He’s also one of the veteran leaders in the clubhouse and has been a staple on this Dodger team for nearly a decade now.
This can change based on performance in the next week or two, but I’d give my vote to Turner as of now. Overall, though, the three players I’ve mentioned should be in that mix of Dodgers first-half MVP..
The Dodgers Tuesday look to sweep this two-game mini-series against the Giants. It will not be easy as they will face Kevin Gausman, who is 8-1 with a 1.49 ERA and arguably one of the best pitchers in the league. Buehler will take the mound for the Dodgers; he is 7-1 with a 2.51 ERA.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Pacific.