Cy Young: Dinelson Lamet
We now know why the national media labeled Dinelson Lamet as a potential Cy Young darkhorse. The 28-year-old finished with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts, fanning 93 in 69.0 innings. For reference, the next closest in strikeouts was Zach Davies with 63. He was outstanding at Petco Park, posting a 1.88 ERA in 8 starts while holding opponents to a .157 average.
Nationally, he finished tied for seventh in strikeouts, despite having his year cut short because of bicep tightness. That said, he should be the Padres number one starter going forward, unless, of course, they go out and sign Trevor Bauer.
MVP: Fernando Tatis Jr.
He’s 21 years old, folks. And he might very well win the NL MVP Award as well. Fernando Tatis Jr. played in 59-of-60 games, putting the health issues aside that hampered his rookie season. The only game he missed was a planned off-day during his slump near the end of the year. He led the team in home runs (17) and stolen bases (11).
Tatis finished second in RBI (45) while posting a .277/.366/.571 line. He ignited this offense while splitting time between the leadoff spot and second in the order. Having a competent hitter like Trent Grisham at the bottom of the order aided in Tatis’ production from the leadoff spot, hitting .295 with 9 HR and 22 RBI.