Archive for Weekly Awards

Players of the Week: Week 13

Hitter of the Week:
It’s not often that the overall best player in the game takes home this award.  Usually he’s just consistently good, while someone else can erupt in any given week to take home the award.  This week it’s different, as Albert Pujols is the winner.  On the surface his .296 (8-27) average is nothing special, but that’s the only “average” thing about his week.  He tied for the league lead in home runs with four.  He was one behind the leaders in RBI with nine.  He was among the leaders in runs scored with seven (Rafael Furcal led the league with nine).  And just to add icing on the cake, he stole two bases (the league leaders had three).  It was a great week for the best hitter player in the sport today.

Honorable Mention:

  • Rafael Furcal – Los Angeles Dodgers – .538 (14-26), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 1 SB
  • Jim Thome – Minnesota Twins – .400 (8-20), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB
  • Clint Barmes – Colorado Rockies – .400 (12-30), 2 HR, 7 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 12

Hitter of the Week:
It has not been a good season for Carlos Quentin, but he finally busted out of it this past week.  He hit .389 with 6 R, which is solid in and of itself, but not the star statistics of his week.  He tied for the league lead with 4 HR (with Shin-Soo Choo) and led the league in RBI with 11 (the only other player in double-digits was Alex Rodriguez with 10). It was a tremendous breakout performance and could potentially propel him to success the rest of the way.

Honorable Mention:

  • Alex Rodriguez – New York Yankees – .381 (8-21), 3 HR, 10 RBI, 8 R, 0 SB
  • David Wright – New York Mets – .500 (11-22), 2 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB
  • Justin Upton – Arizona Diamondbacks – .571 (12-21), 3 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 1 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 11

Hitter of the Week:
There was no one player who had an absolutely monster week.  No one reached double-digit run scored.  Only one player reached double-digit RBI.  No one hit more than four home runs or stole more than four bases.  In a week like this, you look for someone who was solid across the board, and that was Dustin Pedroia.  He raked at the plate, hitting .522 (12-23) to go along with 1 HR and 5 RBI.  While that wouldn’t normally be enough, he tied for the league lead in runs scored (9) and stolen bases (4).  You put it all together and it was a tremendous week.

Honorable Mention:

  • Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers – .593 (16-27), 1 HR, 6 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB
  • Matt Holliday – St. Louis Cardinals – .435 (10-23), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 0 SB
  • Manny Ramirez – Los Angeles Dodgers – .429 (9-21), 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 1 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 10

Hitter of the Week:
Carlos Pena has struggled for the majority of the season, but he exploded over the past week.  He went 8-24 (.333 average) with 9 RBI and 9 R.  Those numbers are good and all, but what stole the show (and the award for him) was hitting 6 HR.  In fact, he homered in the first five games of the week (he also homered in his last game from the prior scoring period).  When you explode like this, it’s impossible to go anywhere else for this award.

Honorable Mention:

  • Brandon Phillips – Cincinnati Reds – .538 (14-26), 1 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB
  • Josh Hamilton – Texas Rangers – .370 (10-27), 4 HR, 13 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB
  • Adam Dunn – Washington Nationals – .455 (10-22), 4 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 0 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 9

Hitter of the Week:
Colby Rasmus went from ice cold (.226, 1 HR, 9 RBI in May) to smoking hot in the blink of an eye.  He hit .500 (11-22) with 3 HR, 9 RBI, 8 R and 1 SB for the week.  The home runs tied him for fourth (Troy Glaus led the league with 4).  He was one off the RBI lead (three players tied with 10).  He was tied for third in runs scored (Michael Bourn scored 11).  It was just a great week all around.

Honorable Mention:

  • Kevin Youkilis – Boston Red Sox – .462 (12-26), 2 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 0 SB
  • Albert Pujols – St. Louis Cardinals – .381 (8-21), 2 HR, 6 RBI, 3 R, 3 SB
  • David Wright – New York Mets – .500 (11-22), 2 HR, 5 RBI, 6 R, 2 SB Read more

Players of the Week: Week 8

Hitter of the Week:
Albert Pujols had not had a good May but he finally showed signs of turning things around this past week.  His average wasn’t the best in the league at .364 (8-22), but he tied for the league lead with 4 HR (he had three in one game).  He also tied for the league lead with 9 RBI (with David Ortiz and Robinson Cano).  Throw in 6 R and the best player in the game did enough to take home the award.

Honorable Mention:

  • Jose Reyes – New York Mets – .500 (13-26), 1 HR, 7 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
  • Carlos Gonzalez – Colorado Rockies – .421 (8-19), 3 HR, 5 RBI, 9 R, 2 SB
  • Alex Rios – Chicago White Sox – .320 (8-25), 3 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R, 3 SB
  • Miguel Cabrera – Detroit Tigers – .615 (8-13), 4 HR, 8 RBI, 4 R, 0 SB Read more