Losing two of three in Boston wasn't ideal, but it's not a terrible result for the Indians either. It's the norm when playing a good team on the road. Meanwhile, that series was proceeded by four straight wins over the Reds, four wins that featured a lot of Tribe scoring, making for a good week overall.
- April 4-10: Mike Napoli
- April 11-17: Jason Kipnis
- April 18-24: Francisco Lindor
- April 25-May 1: Carlos Santana (my pick), Tyler Naquin (reader vote)
- May 2-8: Francisco Lindor
- May 9-15: Jason Kipnis
Davis hit .385/.515/.731 in 33 plate appearances, with a wRC+ of 244. He had multiple hits in all four games against Cincinnati, with a total of 17 times reaching base safely for the week. He reached safely four times on Monday and five times on Tuesday, making him the first Indians hitter to reach safely 4+ times in consecutive games in over a year. He stole two bases during the week, homered twice during Wednesday's victory (with the second home run tying the game in the ninth inning), and led the team with 9 RBI and 12 runs scored.
In 35 plate appearances, Lindor hit .438/.486/.625, with a wRC+ of 214. Before cooling off during the weekend, he had five straight multi-hit games, including three hits on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Among those hits were three doubles and his third home run of the season. He also stole his seventh and eighth bases of the year. Not bad for a guy some viewed as simply a great glove.
Santana hit .318/.484/.773 in 31 plate appearances last week, with a wRC+ of 232. He reached base safely in all six of the games he started, with eight walks along the way, looking like the Carlos Santana we know and some of us love. He scored seven runs and drove in eight. He also hit three home runs, including two during Thursday's victory. He's up to a team-leading 8 home runs and 17 extra-base hits for the season.
On Thursday against the Reds, Tomlin had himself a game. He allowed only two runs in 7.2 innings of work, striking out seven while walking only one, and improving his record to 6-0. He didn't settle for just pitching well though; Tomlin also picked up a pair of hits, one of them a double. Indians pitchers have only had four multi-hit games since Interleague Play (which brought back AL pitchers occasionally batting) was established in 1997. Tomlin has two of those four games.
This might be the strongest crop of candidates since whenever I began doing this. Any one of these four players would be a deserving winner in many weeks. I'm tempted to go with Tomlin's singular performance, and if he'd gone all nine innings or hadn't allowed any runs, I would. As is, I can't bring myself to choose him over the guys who turned in a number of excellent games. It's close, but I'm siding with someone whose signing I didn't love at the time, and didn't expect to see in this space all season, because he put up Barry Bonds numbers. Congratulations, Rajai!