It's Monday morning, so that means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Nick Folk took the honors, due to his last-minute, game-winning 50-yard field goal. This week, the New York Jets destroyed the Jacksonville Jaguars, 32-3, while in baseball, the New York Yankees went a pedestrian 3-3 and the New York Mets recovered form their disastrous four-game sweep at the hands of the Nationals to take two out of three from the Braves. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Mariano Rivera: The Yankee great notched his 600th save on Tuesday and tied Trevor Hoffman's all-time record on Saturday, which gives him 42 for the season, to go along with a 2.02 ERA and 0.91 WHIP. Is Rivera really 41 years old? Besides No. 42, the greatest closer in the history of closers will have another number attached to his name in the Hall of Fame, whatever his final save tally adds up to, be it 640, 650 - or why not 700 since he's seemingly indestructible.
Robinson Cano: With Alex Rodriguez missing lots of time and Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira in and out of slumps, Cano just rolls right along. He had another solid week (his blooper-reel base running notwithstanding), batting .364, with a home run, six RBIs, four doubles, five runs scored, a walk, a HBP and a sac fly. And he became the third Yankee to have consecutive 40 double, 25 home run and 100 RBI seasons, joining Lou Gehrig and Don Mattingly, which is, of course, not bad company to keep.â†µ
Antonio Cromartie: After struggling in last week's opener, Cromartie was all over the field this Sunday. He had a pair of picks, and missed returning one for a touchdown by a whisker. And he returned a couple of kickoffs for a total of 85 yards. He refuses to take a knee in the end zone or go out of bounds after an interception, as he fights for every yard he can get when he gets his hands on the ball. He also threw in three tackles for good measure.â†µ
Dustin Keller: Call him Mr. First Down. Nine out of his 11 receptions this season have gone for either a first down or touchdown, as he's become Mark Sanchez's safety valve and most trusted receiver. In Sunday's win over the Jaguars, Keller caught six passes for 101 yards, and scored a TD.â†µ
Mark Sanchez: His two interceptions may be cause for concern, but Sanchez was a cool and efficient 17-for-24 (71 percent) from the pocket, good for 182 yards, and tossed two touchdown passes. He also ran for 29 yards. He may not be a stat machine, but all he does is win.â†µ
Ruben Tejada: The Mets have to like what they're seeing from the 21-year-old infielder, as he seems to have capitalized on what he can do best, which is having good at-bats, getting on base, hitting the ball to the opposite field and staying away from hitting fly balls. This week, Tejada batted .385, banging out 10 hits, driving in six runs (including the game-winner on Sunday), hitting two doubles, with a walk and a run scored. And, as usual, he made a handful of sensational plays in the field.â†µ