After nine weeks of the season some teams seem out of the playoff picture already but there are many more that are still competing. Each of the NL divisions have four teams in position to make a push for the playoffs and the mariners have surprisingly made it a two way fight in the AL west.
The season is poised perfectly here are some of the best moments from the past week.
Performance of the Week
Francisco Lindor hit two doubles and two homers to help bring the Indians back from 8-0 down to win 9-8 and his second homer was the go ahead hit. This performance made Lindor the first shortstop with two four extra base hit games in the same season.
This was one of the best games of Lindor’s already impressive career and there is surely much more to come.
Starter of the Week
Mike Foltynewicz shutdown one of the best lineups in the national league to follow up his one run seven inning outing last Sunday. After these two stellar performances Foltynewicz’s ERA is an almost unbelievable 2.22.
With this kind of pitching the Braves could take control of the NL East and go deep into the postseason.
Nightmare of the Week
The Dodgers had been waiting for the return their ace but they will now have to wait for at least another month. It felt like this could have been a turning point for the struggling Dodgers but Clayton Kershaw only lasted 62 pitches before coming out of the game with a back injury.
Kershaw’s back has put him on the DL each of the last two seasons so this raises doubts over his long term future. One positive for Dodgers fans is that this may stop Kershaw opting out after this year.
Defensive Play of the Week
Andrew McCutchen showed that he has still got it by making this running play to prevent a run from scoring. The former centre fielder has struggled defensively at times this year but this is more like what the Giants were expecting when they traded for hi in the offseason.