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Cleveland Indians Player of the Week: Mike Napoli

Exercise your democratic rights.

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Mother Nature won as many games as the Indians during the opening week of the season, meaning the Tribe will have a more crowded schedule later on in the year. Looking at the bright side, though, those are two more games the team will get to play after Michael Brantley and Lonnie Chisenhall return. Just because there were fewer games doesn't mean we can't still kick off the 2016 Indians Player of the Week campaign, though.

The strength of the team is expected to be its starting rotation, which means we can anticipate there being quite a few pitchers among the weekly candidates. Not this week, though; this week all of the options come from the lineup.

The Candidates

Yan Gomes

Gomes' .214/.250/.500 batting line isn't especially impressive, but he reached base safely in all four games. He drove in the team's first run of the season on Tuesday, walked and scored a game-tying run Wednesday, doubled in an insurance run Friday, and hit a go-ahead home run on Saturday. He also nailed a runner at first base, which is cool.

Francisco Lindor

Lindor hit .333/.412/.333 for the week, reaching base a team high seven times, including at least once in each game. He also scored a team best four runs. His best game was Friday night's, when he singled twice and scored a pair. It was a very strong start to Lindor's sophomore season.

Mike Napoli

Welcome to the team, Mike. Napoli hit .231/.375/.692 for the week, displaying the low batting average that fans will happily overlook if he's hitting dingers. Napoli hit what proved to be a game-winning home run Wednesday, then tied Saturday's game with a two-run blast off Chris Sale. The three walks that boosted his on-base percentage were nice, but this is about those dingers.

Carlos Santana

Santana hit .286/.375/.571 for the week, a great start to what will hopefully be a rebound year for him. He hit a massive three-run homer on Wednesday, and later doubled. He also drove in a pair of runs in Friday's victory. If you're into the timing of things, Santana led the team in Win Probability Added for the week.

The Winner

As much as I'd like to side with my beloved Lando Carlossian, the new guy is a fairly easy choice for me. If Napoli stays healthy, the Tribe lineup could be a lot more formidable than expected. Congratulations, Mike!