After New York Mets rookie Pete Alonso was named the National League Rookie of the Year on Monday, and St Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Shildt was named the NL Manager of the Year on Tuesday, two more postseason awards have yet to be awarded: Cy Young Award and the NL MVP.
With the National League’s Cy Young still up for contention, there remains one Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher still in the hunt as Hyu-Jin Ryu is battling Washington Nationals pitchers Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, New York Mets Jacob deGrom and St. Louis’ Jack Flaherty for the pitching award.
Throughout the 2019 MLB season, Ryu started in 29 games going 14-5 in that stretch and finished the season with a 2.32 ERA, 163 strikeouts and 24 walked batters. In 182.6 innings of work, the South Korean native recorded a 1.007 WHIP, striking out almost seven batters to every batter he walked, while still being mostly considered as the Dodgers No. 2 starting pitcher behind Clayton Kershaw, even with the year he had.
Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger seems to be the favorite to win the NL MVP race after a stellar campaign that saw is post a .305 batting average, .406 on-base percentage, .629 slugging average on his way to hitting 47 home runs, 115 RBIs and a 15 stolen bases.
The NL MVP is assumed to go to either Bellinger or Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich, but Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, Arizona’s second baseman/outfielder Ketel Marte and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. are the other candidates.
The Cy Young award will be handed out later today 3 p.m. while the MVP will be named on Thursday at 3 p.m.