The baseball season has crossed the halfway mark in the season. Yes, there are still over 75 games to go before we even start the playoffs. So much could still change before even the trade deadline, but our weekly awards give us a chance to look back and the best (and sometimes worst) in the last seven days of Major League Baseball.
Performance of the Week
Matt Carpenter had a day to remember this week. The Cardinal infielder collected five hits in five at bats, including two homers and a double.
Carpenter is often forgotten about, but he’s a very talented hitter. St. Louis need plenty more performances like this if they are to close the gap in the National League Central.
Start of the Week
Charlie Morton is one of baseball’s great stories. From unwanted starter to closing out Game 7 of the World Series, Morton has grown into one of the American League’s best. He exhibited his exceptional stuff as he struck out 13 Blue Jays just a few days ago.
Morton deserves to be an All-Star. Whether he does or not is a reflection on the Astros as much as anything else, but this guy is a must-watch.
Defensive Play of the Week
Jorge Alfaro‘s arm is otherworldly. The Phillies’ catcher has been dominating the Statcast leaderboards from behind the plate, and he added another to the list as he threw out the Nationals’ Trea Turner this week.
Jorge Alfaro vs. Trea Turner is a dream matchup of arm vs. legs.
Tonight, @_JorgeAlfaro11 won the battle with this 92.5 mph throw and 1.77-second pop time!
— #Statcast (@statcast) July 1, 2018
Few can get Turner when he runs. Alfaro is box office, and is a real weapon for the Phillies when he can do things like that.
Nightmare of the Week
The Sonny Gray trade looked a decent move for the Yankees last year. The former Oakland starter has made it seem like a disaster, however, with performances like we saw on Saturday night when he conceded six earned runs and completed just 2.1 innings against the Red Sox.
Gray has an ERA over five and a WHIP over 1.4. His failings have furthered the need for the Yankees to add a starter again.