MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

words_Nick Engvall

Pedro AlvarezAlthough the Pittsburgh Pirates secured the worst record in the league this week, they also had a tremendous upside. Their 23-year-old third basemen, Pedro Alvarez, had arguably the best week of his young career. Alvarez stepped into the batter’s box a total of 30 times over the last seven days and came up with 15 hits and one walk. His best day of the week came on Thursday, where he landed the first four-hit game of his career, which included a three-run home run and a total of five runs batted in. Thursday’s performance brought his weekly stat line to easily the best in the league. Pedro finished with a .517 batting average for the week, six runs scored, 14 runs batted in and a slugging percentage of .931. Though the Pirates may have struggled this season, the light at the end of the tunnel just got quite a bit brighter seeing what Pedro Alvarez is capable of when he hits a hot streak.Tim Lincecum

On the mound this week, two pitchers separated themselves from the rest of the league’s hurlers. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers and Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants. However, due to Verlander giving up five runs over 16 innings, Lincecum gets the honor this week with just two runs over 15 innings, leading the Giants to a National League West lead. Lincecum pitched seven innings on Wednesday, on short rest, striking out 11 and giving up just a single run against the Diamondbacks. Over the last seven days, Tim Lincecum finished with two wins in a tightly contested race for the NL West. Over the week, he finished with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings, and held his opponents to a batting average of just .157.

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MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

words_Nick Engvall

Each week, we choose our Players of the Week on the mound and at the plate. Check back every Friday to see who the hottest players in Major League Baseball were over the past week. Check out our past MLB Players of the Week, and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EastbayBaseball

Jayson WerthThis week, the division races in both the National League West and American League East got a bit tighter, and each game has become more important to all of the teams in contention for the post season. While the Minnesota Twins grabbed the first playoff birth of the 2010 MLB Playoffs, the Texas Rangers, Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies continue to separate themselves from their division rivals and will likely start clinching post-season spots this weekend.

Jayson Werth stepped up big for the Phillies in the last week. Werth went 9-for-21 with four home runs. What’s more impressive is that Werth blasted a two-run, game-winning home run on Sunday, drove in three of the Phillies’ five runs on Tuesday, and scored the game-winning run in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Werth’s .429 batting average this week raised his average to .293 on the season, which is impressive for a guy with career average of .271. Werth’s performance at the plate this week also included nine runs batted in, nine runs scored and five walks. Probably most importantly is the timing of Werth’s hot streak, as it helped the Phillies sweep the Braves and further their lead in the National League East.

Max ScherzerOn the mound this week there were a few players with some impressive performances, however, Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer really was a notch above the rest. Considering that Scherzer threw not one, but two, two-hit games this week, he really turned around the results from his previous outings. Last week’s start Max struck out 11 batters over eight innings against the White Sox, and then followed it up Wednesday with 7 2/3 innings against Kansas City. In his start against the Royals, Scherzer added another eight strikeouts against only two walks and didn’t allow any runs. Even though Detroit is out of contention this season, Scherzer is obviously making the most of his opportunities as the season comes to a close.

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MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

words_Nick Engvall

Each week we choose our Players of the Week on the mound and at the plate. Check back each Friday to see who the hottest players in Major League Baseball were over the past week. Check out our past MLB Players of the Week, and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/EastbayBaseball


Carlos Zambrano Eastbay Pitcher of the Week September 17th 2010The pennant races are down to just a couple of weeks left in the season, and that means players are stepping up. This is the time of the year that separates the good from the great. Both of this week’s players have separated themselves into the latter category many times before, however, this week they each put forth impressive efforts.

Carlos Zambrano of the Chicago Cubs has had an up-and-down career to say the least. At times, it has been a struggle for him to set aside his anger issues and focus on his pitching, but this week was definitely a week that is evidence of his incredible capability to pitch. During his two starts over the past week, Zambrano allowed only one run, which equates to a 0.61 ERA, dropping his season ERA to 3.75. In the last week, Zambrano picked up wins against the Milwaukee Brewers and St. Louis Cardinals. Against the Brewers he struck out nine in a near complete game shutout, finishing with 8 2/3 innings to his name. Against the Cardinals, Zambrano didn’t rack up as many strikeouts, but seemed to dominate the big bats of St. Louis anyhow. Carlos also went 3-for-6 from the plate this week to help his own cause.

Troy Tulowitzki slugs his way to Eastbay's Player of the Week.Unfortunately for Cubs fans, Zambrano has been persistent in his choice to retire when his contract concludes after the 2012 season, and this week he reiterated those feelings. If the Venezuelan right-hander does hang up his cleats at the age of just over 31, the game will definitely be missing out on one of the better pitchers it has seen over the last 10 years.

In the batter’s box, there might not be player in the league that has been so dominant in the last month, however this week it’s unquestionable that Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies has been the most productive bat in the game. Tulowitzki has led the Rockies right into the pennant race mix in the National League. Over the last week, he went 9-for-24 to push his season average to .325. Most of the season he has been overshadowed in the Rockies offense by Carlos Gonzalez, but this past week’s five home runs and 13 RBIs have him shining even brighter than his teammate. With six of his nine hits for extra bases, his slugging percentage of 1.042 this week lifted the Rockies passed the NL West Division rivals the San Diego Padres once, and helped Colorado sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks as well.

Tuowitzki will lead the Colorado Rockies into Los Angeles to take on another division rival, the Dodgers, over the weekend.

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MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

MLB: Baseball Players of the Week

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This week begins our Players of the Week column. Check back each Friday to see who the hottest players in Major League Baseball were over the past week. We’ll be choosing both a top performer at the plate and on the mound.


Carl Crawford Eastbay Player of the Week September 10th, 2010This week’s Player of the Week on the offensive side of the diamond has to be Carl Crawford of the Tampa Bay Rays. Crawford has been on an offensive tear. In the last week he went 12 for 24 at the plate, and of his 12 hits, six were for extra bases, including four doubles and two triples. Crawford scored four runs and had four RBI’s along with a steal and two walks. Over the last week, Crawford’s on-base percentage has been an impressive .538, and his slugging percentage equally so at .833. His hot streak included a career first on Tuesday as Crawford hit three doubles in the game.

With the Rays sitting a couple of games behind the Yankees right now, Crawford couldn’t have picked a better time to step up his offense. The Rays take on the Blue Jays over the weekend and will host the Yankees for three games beginning Monday. Apparently Crawford enjoys hitting from the number three spot in the batting lineup, as his average now sits at .304 for the season.

With Carl’s speed (fourth in the AL with 42 stolen bases), you might think he’s more suited for a leadoff spot or the number two hole, however if this pace keeps up throughout the rest of the season he may have found a permanent home at the third spot in the order. He may also help lead the Rays to their first World Series victory.

Cole Hamels Eastbay Pitcher of the Week September 10th, 2010

From the mound, nobody has been better than Cole Hamels over the last week. Hamels came up with two wins in the Phillies’ recent hot streak, which helped land them in sole possession of first place in the National League East, a spot that had been occupied by the Atlanta Braves for quite some time.

Hamels’ performances over the last week include seven shutout innings, not once, but twice. Over those two victories, he’s struck out 12 batters and brought his record up to an even 10-10. With his seven-inning win against the Florida Marlins, Hamels extended his scoreless innings streak to 25 consecutive innings. That scoreless streak has lowered Cole’s ERA to 3.06, the lowest it has been since the 3.09 he finished with at the end of the 2008 season, a season during which the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series.

Cole won’t be on the mound this weekend as the Phillies take on their rival the New York Mets. He’ll take the rubber again next against in Florida on Tuesday to see if he can continue his scoreless inning streak, and beat the Marlins for his second consecutive start.