The Dodgers had the day off last night as they arrived in Houston for games 3, 4, and 5. As they prepare for their final road games of the season, the team got some good news regarding some MLB hardware.
Last night the MLB announce the three finalists at each position up for a Gold Glove Award for their defensive play during the regular season. The Dodgers are represented by Yasiel Puig and Corey Seager.
Yasiel Puig was a no-brainer for the MLB. He’s put up highlight reel plays all season and possesses what I believe to be the best outfield arm in all of baseball. Puig is a polarizing player and critics would have a difficult time finding another player with a stronger arm than Puig. Puig is going up against Jason Heyward and Giancarlo Stanton.
Both Heyward and Stanton are viable candidates for the award, but not as deserving as Puig. Puig had 18 total defensive runs saved and only had one error on the season. Heyward also had 18 defensive runs saved but had one more error than Puig with two on the season. Stanton had four errors with only 10 defensive runs saved. Puig should be the clear front-runner to win his first Gold Glove. I mean, look at this throw.
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Corey Seager being a finalist was a bit of a surprise. Corey Seager is going up against Brandon Crawford and Freddy Galvis. Seager had 11 errors, and they were split with five fielding errors and six throwing errors. Seager had 10 total runs saved for the Dodgers this season. Galvis’ had fewer errors than Seager with 7 (four fielding and three throwing) but has terrible defensive runs saved metric at -5. Crawford, like Seager, had 11 errors (five fielding and six throwing) and had nine total runs saved for the Giants.
Brandon Crawford is the flashiest player among these three, but based on the numbers, Seager should have the edge. Crawford has already won two Gold Gloves, and I personally think he’s one of the best defensive shortstops in the NL, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he took home the award. But I think it would be great for Seager to get his first Gold Glove after dealing with a sore shoulder the second half of the season.
The last Dodger to win a Gold Glove was Zack Greinke in 2015. The most recent Dodger to be among the finalist for the award was Justin Turner last season. Speaking of Justin Turner, some fans feel he was snubbed by not making the final three for the second consecutive year. David Freese, Anthony Rendon, and Nolan Arenado are the three finalists at third base this season. Turner has been playing spectacular defense this season, but there isn’t a realistic shot at the award as long as Arenado is in the NL.
The MLB is going to announce the Winner of all the Gold Gloves on November 7th. The Dodgers franchise has had 16 Gold Gloves, and Puig and Seager will try to up that to 18. Whether they bring home the hardware or not, let’s tip our hats to a great year on the diamond boys. (Puig better win the award, or Dodger fans will riot).