Tracking Dodgers’ award chances at 2022’s halfway point

Jason Reed
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a walk-off single against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 06: Mookie Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates a walk-off single against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on July 06, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Dodgers with great Silver Slugger and Gold Glove chances:

The Dodgers do not have a Rookie of the Year candidate and Dave Roberts won’t win Manager of the Year because voters are bored with the Dodgers’ dominance. Thus, we turn to possible Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winners.

Silver Slugger:

Will Smith, C: Will Smith is quietly having one of the best offensive seasons behind the plate in the league this season. Smith often gets lost in the shuffle and that is the case this season as well. He is not in the driver’s seat, though, as Willson Contreras of the Cubs does have better numbers.

Freddie Freeman, 1B: Freddie Freeman has been consistent this season, even if his power numbers have waned a bit in Los Angeles. It is hard to be mad at his production, especially considering he has been much better than Corey Seager. Goldschmidt is the obvious frontrunner, but both Josh Bell and Pete Alonso are in the mix as well.

Trea Turner, SS: Trea Turner has been great in his contract year with the Dodgers. While he is third in fWAR at shortstop in the NL, he has had a very comparable offensive season to what Dansby Swanson and Tommy Edman have posted. At this point, the shortstop Silver Slugger is a toss-up.

Mookie Betts, OF: As long as Mookie Betts stays healthy, the MVP candidate will win a Silver Slugger. No doubt about that.

Gold Glove:

Cody Bellinger, OF: Look, Cody Bellinger may have fallen off at the plate and that hasn’t been fun to see. But at the very least, he is still an elite defensive presence in center field.

Mookie Betts, OF: The Dodgers have arguably the best defensive outfield in the league with two Gold Glove candidates in Bellinger and Betts. One of the two is guaranteed to get a Gold Glove award and it would not be totally shocking if both did.

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