Although there hasn’t been an overwhelmingly long list of NL Cy Young Award candidates this year, the favorites to win the honor continue to shift as the home stretch of the regular season approaches.
Righty Sandy Alcantara of the Marlins has been a favorite since the beginning. His 1.73 ERA in the middle of July solidified him as the clear leader at the time, but those numbers have changed significantly in the second half of the year, especially after he ran into a few solid teams like the Mets and the Dodgers.
Walker Buehler of the Los Angeles Dodgers has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for July, and Jameson Taillon of the New York Yankees has been named as the American League recipient of the award. The announcements were made Monday afternoon on MLB Network.
Looking deep into the history books of the Los Angeles Dodgers, we tried to find out if Clayton Kershaw was the fastest pitcher to notch 15 wins in a season, only to discover that the great Sandy Koufax accomplished the feat in his final season back in 1966. Of course, Koufax would go on to capture his third NL Cy Young Award after posting a 27-9 record with a 1.73 ERA, along with five shutouts, 27 complete games and 317 strikeouts over an even 323 innings pitched.
Two more accolades were added to members of the Dodgers organization today. Announced earlier on MLB Network, starter Alex Wood was named NL Pitcher of the Month, and Cody Bellinger was named NL Rookie of the Month.
Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was unanimously selected as the National League’s Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year on Monday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in voting which took place just before the end of the regular season.
In what promises to be one of several major awards for Dodgers‘ players and coaches this fall, reliever Kenley Jansen was named the 2016 Trevor Hoffman NL Reliever of the Year at a press conference just moments before Saturday’s World Series Game 4 in Chicago.