June 21, 2021

Clayton Kershaw’s MVP competition

first_imgCons: The Marlins are 73-76 with Stanton in the lineup nearly every day; the Dodgers have lost only four of the 25 games Kershaw starts. Only five NL outfielders have made more errors.ANDREW McCUTCHEN, PITTSBURGH23 HR, 75 RBIs, .310 BA/.399 OBP/.533 SLG/.932 OPSPros: Plays for a team that’s been in playoff contention all season. Has a higher OPS (.932) and more home runs (23) than when he won the 2013 MVP award, despite playing fewer games because of an August injury.Cons: The Pirates might miss the playoffs despite McCutchen’s efforts. Teammate Josh Harrison leads the NL in batting average and has a case for being named his team’s MVP. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error JASON HEYWARD, ATLANTA11 HR, 58 RBIs, .274 BA/.353 OBP/.390 SLG/.743 OPSPros: Advanced stats love him. Heyward leads NL position players with 6.5 bWAR. He’s made one error in the outfield in 363 chances, his nine outfield assists are tied for third, and his 25.7 UZR leads all NL outfielders.Cons: Like Stanton, he’s playing every day for a team hovering around .500. He doesn’t rank among the NL’s top 10 in batting average, home runs, RBIs, runs or stolen bases.Last pitcher to win the National League MVP Award:BOB GIBSON, ST. LOUIS (1968)22-9, 1.12 ERA, 0.853 WHIP, 34 starts, 28 complete games, 13 shutouts, 268 K, 7.9 K/9Statistics as of Sept. 15, 2014center_img Here are the other National League players who figure to give Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw a run for Most Valuable Player honors (see Kershaw’s MVP case by the numbers):GIANCARLO STANTON, MIAMI37 HR, 105 RBIs, .288 BA/.395 OBP/.555 SLG/.950 OPSPros: The Southern California native leads the National League in home runs, OPS and was leading in RBIs until he was hit in the face by a pitch last week and surpassed Monday by Adrian Gonzalez. He helped the Marlins overcome a $46 million opening-day payroll and an early injury to ace Jose Fernandez.last_img

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