PHOENIX -- The D-backs had a pair of players named as finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Awards on Monday.
Carroll is a heavy favorite to take home the hardware after he became the first rookie in MLB history to hit 25 or more homers and steal 50 or more bases. Carroll stole 54 bases while hitting 25 homers.
The 23-year-old finished the regular season with a slash line of .285/.362/.506 and an OPS+ of 134, and he left Arizona manager Torey Lovullo shaking his head in the dugout watching what he accomplished as a mere rookie.
“I'm like, ‘I don't know how he's doing it, but I've got a front-row seat to it and I'm going to enjoy this ride,’” Lovullo said. “Maybe he's spoiled me to the level where I come to expect it and it's more natural. I think he's so mentally strong that he doesn't allow himself to get outside of what he wants to do. He was nicknamed ‘The Machine’ by our farm director, Josh Barfield. I think that should tell you where his mindset is every single day. It is awesome to watch his process.”
Gallen put together another outstanding regular season, posting a 17-9 record and 3.47 ERA. He also reached career highs in innings with 210 and strikeouts with 220.
Gallen was at his best with runners in scoring position, leading the Majors with an opponents’ batting average in those situations of .081.
When the D-backs were battling with the Cubs and a host of other teams for a Wild Card spot down the stretch, Gallen delivered his first career shutout, beating Chicago 1-0 at Wrigley Field.
“I don't really follow what's going on around the league,” Lovullo said about the Cy Young race after that game. “I follow our team, the team we're playing and the team we're getting ready to play. That simplifies my life a little bit. I know there's some guys that are having some good years, certainly. But like I said, the world was watching today. It was the only game on, everybody was tuned in, and I think he made a big statement.”