MLB Awards: Week Ten

Angel Stadium

The Major League Baseball season has waved goodbye to the chilled days of the early season. The summer sun is making it a far more enjoyable experience for fans and players like, though some teams have already lost any hope of a playoff run this season.

Players are missing games for rest, injury and front offices are having to make tricky roster calls. It’s all part of what we love about the grind of the 162-game season, isn’t it?

Each week we’ve given a nod to some performances that caught our eye, week ten is no different.

Performance of the Week

Brandon Crawford has been the hottest hitter in baseball since May 1st. Max Scherzer is the runaway favourite to win the Cy Young and an MVP contender. This matchup was fascinating.

Crawford has a good career record against Scherzer, and enhanced that on Sunday. The gold glove shortstop went 3 for 3 with the game-deciding two-run homer off Scherzer. He finished the game with four of the Giants’ five hits, including that homer and two doubles.

Start of the Week

Jose Berrios has the makings of a star. His complete game this week was just another reminder of what he’s capable of. The Twins’ ace gave up a couple of earned runs along the way, but struck out 10 White Sox hitters as he improved his record to 7-5.

Consistency of performance is still an issue for the 24-year-old, but starts like this sure help his numbers. His ERA has dropped to 3.66 as the Twins try to recover from a troubled start to the year.

Nightmare of the Week

Shohei Ohtani looks set for Tommy John surgery. The two-way Japanese sensation might, according to some reports, might not play another Major League Baseball game until 2020.

Not only is this a devastating loss for the Angels, who lose their cleanup hitter and ace, but baseball as a whole. Ohtani had the eyes of the sporting world on him, this is painful for MLB’s marketing department as much as it is for those at Angel Stadium. Maybe Mike Trout and the playoffs are just not meant to be.

Defensive Play of the Week

Delino DeShields is an exciting young player, and it doesn’t come much better than his five-star catch on the warning track off a Stephen Piscotty fly ball this week.

DeShields, according to Statcast, had a 6% probability of catching that ball. Not that it mattered, of course, as he cruised back and plucked it out the sky with ease.

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  1. Thankfully it appears that Ohtani might just avoid TJ surgery. From a neutral’s perspective the AL West has the potential to get interesting so I am hoping for a positive outcome plus I want to see Mike Trout in the postseason and a fit Ohtani can get him there!

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