The Dodgers had 4 players listed as finalists for a Silver Slugger Award this year. And while not many of them are expected to take home the trophy for their respective positions, Max Muncy at least has a decent shot at first base.
But there was one name missing for Dodgers fans when the names were released yesterday. Julio Urias showed up with the bat in 2021, and it came at the perfect time. It was probably his last shot given the impending universal DH that is expected to come with the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.
But Julio was not listed as a finalist for pitchers. Despite hitting .203 and driving in 9 runs, the Dodgers southpaw had 4 other pitchers come in ahead of him. Those finalists were German Marquez, Jacob deGrom, Madison Bumgarner, and Max Fried.
Funny enough, not one of those guys drove in more runs than Julio. Marquez matched him with 9 runs driven in, but deGrom didn’t even get to take at-bats with his injury. The Mets ace made just 33 plate appearances in 2021 and somehow still came in ahead of the Dodgers lefty.
Fried and Marquez were the only 2 guys that should be in conversation with Julio in 2021 with the bat. And while he might not have won the award, it’s odd that they kept him out of the conversation. Bumgarner hit just .103 and drove in 3 runs on the year, far outpaced by Urias.
But baseball award voting is a fickle thing and many call it outdated.