Who will be crowned National League Rookie of the Year in the end?
Given that we still have a month left and that multiple players have put forth compelling arguments, it might be a question of opinion at this stage.
For Spencer Strider to win National League Rookie of the Year in the final month of the MLB regular season, Thursday night was the cherry on top.
In a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies, the former Clemson pitcher and Braves starter struck out a career-high 16 hitters, setting a new mark for strikeouts in a game since the team’s relocation to Atlanta. John Smoltz, a Hall of Famer who had 15 strikeouts in 1992 and 2005, was passed by Strider.
The fact that this is only Strider’s 17th start in his young and promising career makes it even more impressive.
At the very least, Strider will be given serious consideration for the NL Rookie of the Year Award.
If he doesn’t receive the award, that is. But last night, he certainly made a stronger case for winning it thanks to his total and total dominance.
Few rookies can claim to have struck out 16 hitters in a single game while also breaking the previous record for the team, but Strider can.
In addition to Max Fried, Charlie Morton, and Kyle Wright, who has already established himself as a top starter, the Braves now have another ace in their starting rotation thanks to him.
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