MLB Awards: Week Six

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The MLB season is around the 40-game mark. There are still well over 100 games left in the regular season, yet the 2018 campaign is already littered with storylines from remarkable pitching to game-changing shifts.

Week six of the season might be the best yet. It had everything, so here are a few of the very best moments.

Performance of the Week

Willson Contreras has started the season slowly. The Cubs’ catcher was bound to heat up soon, though, just as he did against the rival White Sox. Contreras smashed a pair of homers, picking up seven RBI in the process.

An early grand slam as good as ended this one as a contest. Joe Maddon and the rest of the blue half of Chicago will be hoping this is only the beginning for Contreras.

Starter of the Week

This decision is an easy one when someone throws a no-hitter. Luckily, James Paxton kindly obliged in Toronto. The Mariners’ ace threw the third no-no of the year against the Blue Jays, and in a third different country.

Seattle need a big season from Paxton if they are to compete this year. His no-hitter was the exclamation mark on a strong start to the campaign, as he joined an elite group of pitchers to have a 16-strikeout start and a no-no in the same season.

Nightmare of the Week

Dylan Bundy started for the Baltimore Orioles on the same day that Paxton was working his magic. Things literally could not have gone worse for Bundy, however, as he failed to record an out against the Royals. The Orioles’ starter became the first pitcher in history to give up four homers without getting a single hitter out.

The Orioles’ offseason decisions are even more puzzling after their diabolical start. Plenty of that is down to their ever-disastrous starting rotation, Bundy’s nightmare is just the tip of the iceberg.

Defensive Play of the Week

Mookie Betts would be the favourite for American League MVP if Mike Trout wasn’t Mike Trout. Betts seems to have warranted a place on our awards every week. Usually for his bat, but this time his golden glove gets recognition.

Statcast ranked this a five-star play, recording Betts’ sprint speed at an elite 29.9 feet per second, with a catch probability of 17%. What. A. Player.

 

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