Rawlings announced its Gold Glove Award finalists for the 2021 season, and Francisco Lindor highlights the finalists from New York.
Lindor, in his first season with the Mets after signing a record $341 million deal, posted a 4 DRS this season in 1,029.1 innings, per Fielding Bible. He won the award in the American League with Cleveland in both 2016 and 2019, and has long been considered one of the better fielding shortstops in the league.
Lindor’s competition for the award will be Brandon Crawford of the Giants and Kevin Newman of the Pirates.
On the Yankees’ side, Joey Gallo is a finalist for the award in right field, though he mainly played left with the Bombers, with Aaron Judge handling right field. Gallo, much of it with the Rangers, logged a 12 DRS, the second-best mark in the league. Hunter Renfroe of the Red Sox and Kyle Tucker of the Astros are the other two finalists at the position.
A pair of notable Mets were missing from the National League’s pitcher finalists, as neither Taijuan Walker nor Marcus Stroman were part of the three.
Walker posted a 7 defensive runs saved this season, good for the second-best mark in all of baseball, behind only Dallas Keuchel, who is a finalist in the American League. Walker struggled on the mound for much of the second half of the season, but his feeling was always solid in his first-ever All-Star season.
Stroman had a DRS of just 1, but remained a steady fielder off the mound in what was one of the best seasons of his career. He took to Twitter to express his feelings about the snub, as he was denied a chance to win the award for the second time in his career.
The finalists, Zach Davies, Max Fried, and former Met Zack Wheeler, all had a DRS of at least 5 this season, per Fielding Bible.
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