After a season in which the
First baseman Cody Bellinger, pitcher
Trout led the AL in on-base percentage and in slugging percentage, but he was limited to 114 games because of a thumb injury. No position player has won an MVP award with so few games in a nonstrike season, and "games played" is the only statistic voters are specifically directed to consider.
Trout also batted .231 in September, when the Angels were the last team eliminated in the AL wild-card race.
Bellinger, who set a
The Dodgers have had a record 17 rookies of the year. Jackie Robinson was the first, in 1947, and the award since has been renamed in his honor.
Kershaw, who joined
Kershaw had a record of 18-4, leading the NL in victories, winning percentage and earned-run average. The three-time Cy Young winner has been so dominant that his league-leading 2.31 ERA was his highest in five years.
He also sat out five weeks because of a back injury. Scherzer, the defending Cy Young winner, was 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA, pitching 25 more innings than Kershaw and leading the league in strikeouts and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched).
Roberts led the Dodgers to 104 victories, the most since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1958. He could become the first Dodgers manager to win the award in consecutive years.
However, the Dodgers also won their fifth consecutive division championship, and voters tend to reward managers of teams that outplayed their expectations.
The other finalists also came from the
The winners of the BBWAA awards will be announced next week. The Times does not allow its writers to vote.