Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It needs to be said
This probably has been addressed many times already. But I'm a busy guy and I really don't follow my team as closely as I should, so I probably missed it.
As you know, the Dodgers are fighting every day to avoid their second last place finish since the franchise moved from Brooklyn (and their third EVER). It appears as if the Padres will finish dead last as is their destiny. But the Dodgers periodically act like they really want to rent out the basement.
And that brings up this question:
Could the Dodgers become the first team to finish last and feature the league MVP and Cy Young Award winner?
Matt Kemp currently is in the top five in the National League in home runs, runs batted in, batting average, stolen bases, slugging percentage and on base-plus-slugging. He's second in homers and second in RBIs.
Clayton Kershaw is currently first in the National League in strikeouts and opponents' batting average. He's second in WHIP, third in wins, and sixth in ERA.
Both players are legitimate candidates for the league's highest honor for batter and pitcher. Kemp's leading competition for the MVP award is probably the Brewers' Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. Kershaw's leading competition for the Cy Young is Roy Halladay, and maybe Cole Hamels and Ian Kennedy.
So, the question is, if the Dodgers finish last, how many writers' votes will go against L.A. because the team ended up at the bottom? That's got to lose Kemp and Kershaw votes. But how many?
Andre Dawson and Alex Rodriguez famously won the MVP award while playing for last-place teams. Steve Carlton won the Cy Young Award with last-place Philadelphia in 1972. Felix Hernandez won the Cy Young Award for the last-place Mariners (in a four-team division).
So, it does happen, although I think the season has to be crazy exceptional, like those of Rodriguez or Carlton. Otherwise, my guess is the writers will lean toward another player on another team in both awards races.
But given the season the Dodgers have had, wouldn't it be cool to say they had both the MVP and Cy Young winner?
OK, maybe not.
Anyway, both of the cards above came from Ted at Crinkly Wrappers. He also sent these cool cards:
Yup, an Astro to end it all.
Because it could be worse.
The Dodgers could be the Astros.