For the first time this season, let’s take a look at the Players of the Week and it was an easy week, as there was a clear-cut leader for both hitters and pitchers:
Hitter of the Week:
It was a monster week for Kendry Morales, there really is just no other way to put it. Forget about the 3 HR (the leaders had 4), 10 RBI (Mark Reynolds had 11) and 7 R (Scott Rolen had 8). He hit .542, going 13-24 (only Ryan Theriot had more hits with 14). The average alone would have given him consideration, but when you factor in the other numbers it simply was a no contest.
- Mark Reynolds – Arizona Diamondbacks – .421 (8-19), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 5 R, 1 SB
- Ryan Braun – Milwaukee Brewers – .364 (8-22), 2 HR, 8 RBI, 6 R, 3 SB
- Michael Bourn – Houston Astros – .316 (6-19), 0 HR, 1 RBI, 7 R, 7 SB
Pitcher of the Week:
John Danks was unbelievable, one of just five pitchers to manage two wins on the week. What really separated him from the rest was that he did it while throwing the most innings (16.0), making his 1.69 ERA and 0.69 WHIP hold that much more weight. Throw in his 14 strikeouts, which were third for the week (Brandon Morrow had 16 and Colby Lewis 15), and it wasn’t really close.
- Doug Fister – Seattle Mariners – 15.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 7 K, 1 W
- Brad Penny – St. Louis Cardinals – 14.2 IP, 1.23 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 7 K, 2 W
- Roy Halladay – Philadelphia Phillies – 9.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 7 K, 1 W
What are your thoughts on these choices? Are they deserving? If not, who would you have given the awards to?
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