Each week I select someone as the Indians' top player of the previous week. Then, because this is a dictatorship, but not a totalitarian one, I let you all have your say as well. Some weeks it's a no-brainer, while other weeks there are multiple guys with a strong case. (Occasionally there are weeks when no one has a strong case.)
- April 6-12: Carlos Santana (my choice, and by a single vote, winner of the voting)
- April 13-19: Corey Kluber (with a plurality, but not majority of the vote)
- April 20-26: Brandon Moss (me), Michael Brantley (readers)
- April 27-May 3: Jason Kipnis (in a landslide)
The Indians haven't won consecutive games for over a month, and in many ways the season just continues to feel more frustrating. The starting pitching was just about the only thing going well for three weeks, and just as the offense got its act together, the rotation seemed to come apart. This last week featured more of that, with better run scoring than run prevention. One starter pitcher a real gem though.
Last week's voting featured 91% support for Kipnis (whom I chose as well). I am certain this week's balloting will be closer.
Brantley hit .304/.407/.565 in 27 plate appearances, with a wRC+ of 177. He had at least one hit in all six games, he homered twice, and also stole two bases, with 5 runs scored and 4 RBI. Right now Brantley's 2014 doesn't look like it was any sort of a fluke.
Chisenhall hit .261/.320/.652 and had a wRC+ of 168 in 25 plate appearances. He hit a double, a triple, and two home runs, scored 4 runs and tied for the team lead with 6 RBI. His 4th inning blast on Sunday turned a close game into a comfortable one, something the Tribe has had far too few of.
Last week's winner followed up with a .370/.414/.556 line in 29 plate appearances, good for a wRC+ of 174. He had back-to-back 3-hit games on Saturday and Sunday, only the second time in his career he's done that. He hit three doubles and a triple on the week, and also stole 3 bases.
Salazar's first start of the week, in Kansas City, wasn't great, as he allowed 4 runs in 7 innings. He allowed only 5 hits though, and struck out 9 while walking no one. On Sunday he gave up an early (solo) home run, but that was the only base runner he allowed in 7 innings of work, and he struck out 11.
In 14 innings last week, Salazar recorded 20 strikeouts and 0 walks, and allowed only 6 hits. That's mighty impressive. That two of those hits were home runs is unfortunate, but not enough to keep me from naming him Indians Player of the Week.