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.
It's been almost three months since the reader vote picked a different player than I did, but it wouldn't surprise me if it happened this week, because multiple players have a very strong case in what was one of the best weeks of the season for the Tribe.
Carrasco continued his best stretch in more than three years (and maybe ever at the MLB level) with another very good start Thursday night in Chicago. He gave up only 1 run in 6.2 innings, with 7 strikeouts and only 4 hits and 1 walk allowed.
Chisenhall hit .462/.500/.846 in 14 PA for the week, with at least one hit in all five of the games he appeared in. Tuesday he hit a pinch-hit double to lead off the 10th inning, and scored the go-ahead run. On Wednesday he homered to tie the game, and on Sunday he doubled in the 10th, putting the Indians ahead before the game was suspended.
Gomes missed the first three games of the week as he recovered from a concussion, but he made up for lost time after his return, picking up 2 hits in Friday's win, an RBI double in Saturday's victory, and 4 hits (and 2 runs scored) in Sunday's game, for a line of .500/.500/.571 in 14 PA.
It's not often a reliever can crack this list, but Shaw was awesome last week. Tuesday he got the final 7 outs of the Tribe's 8-6 win, all without allowing any base runners. Thursday he gave up a single, and should have been out of the inning without any runs, but an error by Mike Aviles prolonged the inning a one run did score, unearned. He pitched a scoreless inning Friday night, and another Sunday. 5.0 IP altogether, with 0 ER and only 3 base runners.
This was a tough call for me. I think Chisenhall was the top offensive performer of the week, especially if you give extra credit for the timing of his production (which for this honor, I do), with many of his hits coming at key moments. Carrasco's start was great, and every time he pitches like that I have more confidence in him, something I've felt little of when watching him as a starter over the year. I think Shaw's relief work was an even bigger contribution though, especially the 7-out performance from Tuesday. I think Shaw has as good a case for winning this honor as any reliever on the team has had all season.
In the end though, I'm going with Chisenhall. His WPA of .71 is outstanding, and helps illuminate how big some of his hits were.
Congratulations to Lonnie!