Not only did Keith Law predict the Los Angeles Dodgers to win the National League West when his projection piece dropped earlier today, but he also made his picks for who would win some of the sport’s major awards. Two members of the Dodgers walked away with hardware, and we shouldn’t be surprised.
The awards that Law predicted were National League Cy Young and National League Rookie of the Year. He had Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager winning those respective awards, and it’s really hard to argue with any of it considering they are the odds-on-favorites to do so this upcoming season.
From ESPN Insider Keith Law:
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw. Until otherwise established, he’s the best pitcher in the league, and he probably should have five Cy Youngs in a row at this point except some writers just can’t walk away from wins and narratives and other shiny objects.
To be fair to Law, Kershaw really could have five straight Cy Young awards at this point in time. He finished second in 2012 to R.A. Dickey, and easily could have finished first if people looked beyond just pitcher wins. In 2015, he finished third and could have won it due to being the first pitcher since 2001 to rack up 300 strikeouts in a season.
Law didn’t stop there with the awards, though:
NL Rookie of the Year: Corey Seager. I think he’ll win it and deserve it, even though those aren’t always the same thing.
It certainly seems like Seager is the choice of nearly everyone since he came up in September of last season and absolutely raked. It’s made this choice a lot easier for all who have given it, and that speaks volumes to the impact Seager made in such a short period of time. It was earth-shattering.
If the Dodgers are to be successful this season, then it does seem that both Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager need to perform well. Do they need to compete for awards? Not necessarily, but no one here would argue with either guy taking home the hardware that they seem destined to receive.