Somehow, we are already 50 games into the Major League Baseball season. It’s flown by, hasn’t it?
The grind is taking hold of teams, and some players. Injuries are racking up, as rosters creak under the immense workload, and fluctuations in form are seeing teams hit elongated slumps.
It’s all part of the marathon that is a season in the majors. Here are a few players who succeeded through Week Eight of the campaign…
Performance of the Week
This one usually goes to an individual game performance. Seeing as we haven’t had any of the ridiculous games where someone hits for the cycle or clears the fence three times, we’ve gone with a different angle.
Expectations for Gleyber Torres were high. He has more than delivered, hitting five homers in four games. The rookie was part of the deal that saw Aroldis Chapman join the Cubs in 2016, a trade that is looking masterful from the Yankees.
Start of the Week
Dylan Bundy appeared in our awards recently thanks to a disastrous start against Kansas City. It was a bit different for the Oriole starter this week, however, as he tossed a career-high 14 strikeouts in a complete game gem against the White Sox.
Baltimore are set for a long year, but performances like this from Bundy remind us why he was considered one of the league’s most exciting young pitchers.
Defensive Play of the Week
We all know Aaron Judge hits a baseball as hard as almost anyone in the league. He’s no stranger to crushing one at 120mph or so, but it’s still a bit of a treat when the Yankee outfielder shows off his arm.
Judge did that twice against the Angels on Friday. His first throw was a bullet to gun down a runner at home, while his second was an effortless lob to stop a double.
Nightmare of the Week
Hanley Ramirez was eyeing up over $20 million for next season, if he had registered enough plate appearances this season. When the former shortstop started the season off brilliantly, including a dominant record against the Yankees, his stock was rising at Fenway.
It all went wrong from there. A disastrous May saw Ramirez designated for assignment by the Red Sox this week. Boston will be left paying yet another player who isn’t on their team.