Each week I select someone as the Cleveland 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
- April 20-26: Brandon Moss (my choice), Michael Brantley (reader vote)
- April 27-May 3: Jason Kipnis (with 91% of the vote)
- May 4-10: Danny Salazar (my choice), Jason Kipnis (reader vote)
- May 11-17: Corey Kluber (my choice, and by a single vote, winner of the voting)
- May 18-24: Corey Kluber
- May 25-31: Jason Kipnis
- June 1-7: Brandon Moss
- June 8-14: Shaun Marcum
- June 15-22: Jason Kipnis
- June 23-29: Roberto Perez
- June 30-July 5: Carlos Carrasco (my choice), Cody Anderson (reader vote)
- July 6-12: Carlos Santana
- July 13-19: Michael Brantley
- July 20-26: Michael Brantley
- July 27-August 3: Lonnie Chisenhall
- August 4-10: Michael Brantley (my choice), Abraham Almonte (reader vote)
After a couple weeks in which it was difficult to limit myself to four nominations, today I have the opposite problem, in that there were only three players that jumped right out at me. After close voting the last couple weeks, I also I expect the it to be a landslide this time around, as one guy was pretty clearly (in my view) better than anyone else.
Ho hum, just two more very good starts for the guy most folks had given up on as a starter 15 months ago. Tuesday against the Yankees Carrasco gave up 2 runs in 8 innings, with 8 strikeouts and no walks. Sunday against the Twins he gave up 2 runs in 7 innings, with 7 more strikeouts. In his last 7 games, Carrasco has allowed more than 2 runs only once. He's also picked up only 1 win in those 7 games, because of course.
Chisenhall hit .400/.438/.400 in 16 plate appearances last week, giving him a wRC+ of 142. If you understand how batting average and slugging percentage are calculated, you already know all 6 of Lonnie's hits last week were singles, but he was still the second best hitter on the team. He had a big game on Friday, collecting 3 hits, one of which drove in a run, and also stole a base.
Kluber's only start last week was his second complete game in a row, and it was a beauty. With two outs in the 4th inning he gave up a solo home run to Joe Mauer. The Klubot than retired the final 16 batters of the game, 7 of them via strikeout, finishing with just the 1 run on 1 hit with 1 walk. His 8-12 record helps ensure he won't win another Cy Young Award this season, but he leads all AL pitchers in fWAR again.
Though his 10-game hitting streak ended on Sunday, Lindor had his best week yet, batting .458/.536/.542 in 30 plate appearances, good for a wRC+ of 210. He reached base safely 3 times in four of the team's games on the week, with totals of 11 hits and 4 walks, and he led the team with 4 runs scored. It's hard to single out one game, but I'd go with Friday, when he had two singles, a double, and RBI, and a stolen base.
Like I said, it was an easy decision this time around.
Congratulations on the first of what I hope will be many Player of the Week honors, Francisco!