Originally posted on Dodgers Locker  |  Last updated 10/12/11
Kudos to rookie manager Don Mattingly as he somehow led the Dodgers to a 3rd place finish in the N.L. West despite suffering widespread injuries. They finished up with a 82-79 record, which had them 11.5 games behind the Diamondbacks. Here is a look at what really stood out to me about the Dodgers in 2011: TEAM MVP: 27-year old righty swinging Matt Kemp should be the MVP in the N.L. Think of just how bad the Dodgers would have been without him in 2011! Kemp played in 161 games for the Dodgers last year and he was 195 for 602 (.324 avg, .986 OPS) with 115 runs scored, 39 homers, 126 RBIs and 40 stolen bases. BEST PITCHER: 23-year old lefty starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw might just win the Cy Young Award in the N.L. He pitched in 33 games (all starts) for the Dodgers in 2011 and he was 21-5 with a 2.28 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP. He only gave up 174 hits while whiffing 248 batters in his 233 1/3 innings last year. The best thing about Kershaw last year was his very improved cont...
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