Dodgers: The Dodgers Award Winners at the Halfway Mark
Co-MVP’s: Max Muncy and Matt Kemp
Well, this is an even bigger surprise, isn’t it?
Pre-season predictions could have never guessed this. My guess would have been, Seager, Bellinger or Turner, not someone I just learned about this spring and a revamped romance with a veteran. But here we are, easily the 2 best players on this team have been Matt Kemp and Max Muncy.
The trade for Kemp was supposed to be a salary dump. With Kemp constantly proving expectations wrong. “He’ll be traded before spring training” wrong. “He won’t even make the roster” guess again. “He won’t get a starting spot though” umm he did. “He won’t be productive” only Dodger position player on the all-star roster.
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Kemp leads the team with 60 RBI’s. That number is usually not a good gauge of how productive a player is because it relies heavily on hitters in front of you to get on base. However, Kemp is so important to this team because of that number. The reason that number is so high is that he is one of the best hitters in baseball with RISP hitting .429 with runners on second or third.
Now onto Muncy. Perhaps the biggest surprise of this 2018 season. After nearly quitting baseball Muncy has refined himself into one of the best hitters in baseball. He currently leads the NL in OPS (min 225 AB’s). Muncy has been one of the only consistent hitters on this team outside of Kemp.
Max has mashed 22 bombs as a Dodger after hitting a total of 5 home runs with the A’s during his 96 games in Oakland. It was on par with Chris Taylor last season. Muncy is one of the main reasons the Dodgers stand on top of the division. He should have been an all-star. Hopefully, that adds another chip to his shoulder and he continues his career-changing path in 2018
Least Valuable Player: Logan Forsythe
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Very disappointing season from the veteran. I was one of his few believers entering the season and he has since given me a reason to hop off the wagon. Forsythe has been unwatchable at the plate and uncharacteristically bad defensively. He will be lucky to even stay with the big club after Machado makes his way over.