Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw might not be BFFs anymore, but what does that really mean for the Dodgers going forward? (Associated Press photo)
One of the better Zack Greinke analogies I’ve read in the last 24 hours came from Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs: “The Dodgers didn’t lose a war. They fell short in this particular battle.”
I’m not sure what kind of sentences were written after, say, Antietam. But there is a certain sense of shock and loss among fans who have taken time to chime in on Twitter and Facebook. For now hindsight is easy and foresight is difficult. We don’t know exactly where the Dodgers will go from here, only that the days of Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke at the top of the starting rotation are over. As of this writing, most fans are OK with that.
A few things to consider for perspective:
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw and right fielder Yasiel Puig high five after Game 4 of the National League Division Series in October. (Getty Images)
In an interview today with St. Louis sports broadcaster Frank Cusumano, retired baseball player and coach Andy Van Slyke shared a revealing anecdote about Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.
What made it particularly revealing: It came from inside the Dodgers’ clubhouse.
“When the best player, highest-paid player on the Los Angeles Dodgers goes to the GM and … is asked what is the number-one need … of the Los Angeles Dodgers club, this particular highest-paid player said, ‘the first thing you need to do is get rid of Puig’,” Van Slyke said.
When Cusumano noted that pitcher Clayton Kershaw is the Dodgers’ highest-paid player, Van Slyke replied, “I didn’t say his name.”
Bryce Harper was a unanimous selection for the National League MVP award Thursday, as the Dodgers were shut out in the annual Baseball Writers Association America awards voting this week.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished seventh, Clayton Kershaw finished 10th, and Adrian Gonzalez finished 20th in the MVP race. Voters are required to list 10 players on their MVP ballots.
Greinke finished second and Kershaw third in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Joc Pederson got one third-place vote for NL Rookie of the Year, and Don Mattingly got one third-place vote for NL Manager of the Year. Thirty ballots are cast in each race.
I listed Greinke third on my MVP ballot, which I explained here. A spreadsheet of all 30 MVP ballots, along with the final tally for each candidate, is here.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young Award by a narrow margin Wednesday. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished second and teammate Clayton Kershaw finished third.
Here’s how the BBWAA electorate voted:
Here’s how the individual votes were cast (per BBWAA.com). A full story will follow:
Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke (left) and Clayton Kershaw (right) are among the top-three vote getters for the 2015 National League Cy Young Award. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw, and Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta, are the three finalists for the National League Cy Young Award.
Greinke, who went 19-3 with a major-league leading 1.66 earned-run average, was chosen National League pitcher of the year by fellow players on Monday.
Kershaw, who won the award in 2014, went 16-7 with a 2.13 earned-run average. Arrieta was 22-6 with a 1.77 earned-run average, leading the NL in wins and shutouts (3).
The winner will be announced at 3 p.m. PT next Wednesday on MLB Network.
Greinke won the 2009 American League Cy Young Award when he pitched for the Kansas City Royals.
No other Dodgers players are finalists for the major BBWAA awards.