It's time for our weekly look at the Indians' top players of the last seven days, in which one man is chosen as better than the rest. Be sure to vote for you choice in the poll included at the bottom.
Though it was a mediocre week for the Tribe, there were a lot of strong individual performances. I think this is another week where there's a "correct: answer though, and it's someone who's already very familiar with this honor.
Gomes hit .318/.348/.682 in 23 PA last week, for a wRC+ of 190. He homered twice, leading the team, and also had a pair of doubles, and he drove in a total of 6 runs. His best game came on Wednesday, when he was just about the only bright spot in an 8-3 loss to Cincinnati, when he homered and doubled.
Kipnis has had a disappointing season, but he did very well last week, batting .393/.433/.500 in 30 PA, for a wRC+ of 168. He led the team with 11 hits, including 3 doubles. He also scored a team high 7 runs and stole a base. His top game of the week came on Sunday, when he had three hits and scored three runs in 4-1 win over the Yankees.
Kluber pitched Monday against Cincinnati and gave up just 1 run in 7 innings, striking out 7 in a 7-1 win. He pitched again on Saturday against New York, and while he went only 6 innings, he didn't allow any runs, and he struck out 10. That was his 7th 10+ strikeout game of the season, the most by any Indians pitcher since Dennis Eckersley in 1976.For the two games combined he had a 0.68 ERA, with 17 strikeouts and only 3 walks.
Ramirez had the best week of his career, batting .333/.417/.476 in 26 PA, for a wRC+ of 160. His big game came on Saturday, when he hit his first career home run into the right field bleachers at Yankee Stadium. That was one of three hits he had on the afternoon, and he also stole a base.
Pitchers are at a disadvantage for this award, in that if they only start one game all week, it's got to be really, really good if they're going to win. On the other hand, if a guy starts twice during the week, and does well both times, he'll have a strong case. 'Doing well' is an understatement for Corey Kluber, and he's an easy call for me. This is the second week in a row I've picked Kluber, making him the first player to win consecutive honors from me all season. The reader vote picked the same guy two weeks in a row back in May. Which guy? Corey Kluber. He's now been my pick in four different weeks, the most of any player.
Congratulations to the Klubot!