MLB Awards: Week Sixteen

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It’s almost trade deadline time. All-Star week has been waved goodbye, and the MLB regular season is heading into it’s final couple of months. Teams are tearing it down and beginning a rebuild, others are waving goodbye to the farm in the faint hope of World Series glory.

The last seven days have been spectacular around the Majors. Here, as is now tradition at Franchise Sports, are our Weekly Awards..

Performance of the Week

Matt Carpenter has been doing ridiculous stuff lately. The Cardinal infielder exploded for a five-hit, three-homer day against the Cubs straight after the All-Star break.

Carpenter is one of baseball’s most underrated players. His remarkable performances of late have gone a long way to change that, though, he will have caught the eye of baseball fans worldwide.

Defensive Play of the Week

Aaron Hicks has made a name for himself in the crowded Yankee outfield. Throws like this cannon to home are amongst the most exciting plays in baseball, and can change the course of a game.

Hitting well and providing superb defence, Hicks has been an underrated star in New York. He’ll only win more fans with moments like this.

Start of the Week

On the day Chipper Jones was giving his Hall of Fame induction speech, a fellow Brave was dominating at Dodger stadium. Sean Newcomb carried a no-hitter for 26 outs, before giving up a hit to Chris Taylor on a 3-2 count in the ninth.

Heartbreaking for the young starter, but just another reminder of his talent. Atlanta have seen just what Newcomb can be, and it’s a scary sight for the rest of the National League.

Nightmare of the Week

Luis Severino has started two games since the All-Star break. In that time, the Yankee ace has pitched just 9.1 innings, giving up 19 base hits and 12 earned runs.

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The Yankees needed their frontline starter to be his usual dominant self with Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez sidelined. This has been a disastrous couple of weeks for Severino, these are not performances that Chris Sale or Max Scherzer produce.

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