MLB Rookie of the Year watch: Fulmer still on top

Trevor Smith

Sports Blogger

@trevor_smith20

American League

Michael Fulmer, pitcher, Detroit Tigers

Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer struggled during his last start but still leads the Rookie of the Year race. (Keith Allison, Flickr)
Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer struggled during his last start but still leads the Rookie of the Year race.
(Keith Allison, Flickr)

Fulmer didn’t have a great showing against the Royals in his last start. The Royals were able to put three runs on the board after six innings of work. The loss was Fulmer’s third in a row, which has pushed his ERA to 2.77. Despite his latest misfortunes, Fulmer’s lead in the Rookie of the Year race is still well intact. Look for Fulmer to get back to his winning ways against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night and help the Tigers make a late playoff push.

Tyler Naquin, centerfielder, Cleveland Indians

After sitting out the Indians’ series against the Twins, Naquin looked to capitalize on the bad play by Michael Fulmer. Naquin did well against the Marlins but not good enough to gain any ground on Fulmer in the standings. Naquin went 4-for-13 with two runs this past week. He also posted a .308 batting average over that span with one walk taken. Naquin needs to play better if he wants a chance to win the award, and that starts tonight against the Houston Astros.

Max Kepler, right fielder, Minnesota Twins

Kepler lost ground in the race with his less-than-stellar play this past week. He went an underwhelming 6-for-27 at the plate this week with nine strikeouts. Boasting a .222 batting average, the only bright spot in his week was the lone home run he hit against the Indians. After being firmly in the race Kepler took a small step back this week, however don’t count him out just yet as he has a chance to redeem himself tonight against the Kansas City Royals.

National League

Corey Seager, shortstop, Los Angeles Dodgers

For Seager, the award is all his if he can keep up his stellar play. However, he didn’t do so hot this past week, going a mere 5-for-22 in the past week, which dented his lead in the Rookie of the Year race even if it was only a small hiccup. For Seager, he finally found his swing in his last game against the Diamondbacks, going 3-for-5 and taking former teammate Zack Greinke deep. He also attributed three RBIs to the Dodgers victory.

Aledmys Diaz, shortstop, St. Louis Cardinals

For Diaz, injury came at the worst time with the Cardinals in a battle for the NL wild card, and himself in a race for Rookie of the Year. After suffering a hairline fracture in his left thumb, Diaz has been on the disabled list since Aug. 1. But, there is good news on the horizon as Diaz has been rehabbing in the minors with the Cardinals’ High-A Palm Beach team and could be back as soon as this weekend.

Steven Matz, pitcher, New York Mets

For the Mets, Matz has been the star rookie that they never expected. However, Matz got hit with the injury bug just as the Mets were looking to make a move in the standings. This also hurt Matz’s Rookie of the Year odds with Seager slowly expanding his lead on Matz. The good news, though, for Matz, is that his injury is only shoulder impingement, which is easily treatable. Matz will most likely have a rehab in the minors but don’t look for him to be out long with a minor injury. Look for Matz to make a bang whenever he comes back from injury and make one last late push for the NL Rookie of the Year award.

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