Dodgers World Series MVP Candidates
This team is made up of multiple commodities that leads to the team’s success. Unlike the Astros, the Dodgers have different hitters step up in big-time situations to get their offense going. The Astros have been highly dependent on Springer, Bregman, Altuve, and Correa. Fortunately, the Dodgers have other players stepping up while Turner, Bellinger, and Puig have yet to get going. But here are some other names that could find themselves in the conversation with a big game 7 performance.
Logan Forsythe – Forsythe has been a reliable bat for Dave Roberts in the bottom of the order. He has a .267/.389/.333 slash line and has 4 hits and is responsible for 6 runs for the club. He regained the starting job from Chase Utley against right-handers and has had solid at-bats all series.
Alex Wood – Alex Wood is a big reason why the Dodgers were able to force game 7. Let’s not forget that he took the mound with the Dodgers trailing 2 games to 1 on the road and pitched into the 6th inning. Wood threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed one solo home run while picking up a no decision. Wood figures to be a big part of the bullpen in game 7. If he can throw 2 or more scoreless innings, he deserves credit for helping the Dodgers win the series.
Kenta Maeda – Ironically enough Maeda has matched Alex Wood’s numbers to the dot. Maeda also has only allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings but has done so out of relief. Maeda has pitched in 4 games this series and has gotten big outs for Dave Roberts. Including last night getting Altuve to ground out to end the inning with runners in scoring position. If it weren’t for a 3-run shot he gave up to Gurriel, he’d be perfect.
Tony Watson – Watson is one of the four key relievers for Roberts. He has the best numbers of all four, going 2-0 with 3 2/3 scoreless innings pitched. Whether he wins the award or not he was a great addition at the deadline and has done a fantastic job this postseason.
This series is not over. Anyone of these guys can jump up and take the MVP award. If the Dodgers would have won the series in six, I think the award goes to Taylor. There’s still another ballgame left to be played and plenty of time for other guys to step up. It’s incredible that I wrote this article without mentioning Turner, Bellinger, Seager, or Kershaw. They’ve been streaky up until this point, but all will be forgotten with a big game tonight.