It's Monday morning, so that means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Last week, Curtis Granderson took the honors for the second consecutive time, as he continued his MVP-type season. The New York Yankees could only muster up two wins this week (though one was of the historic variety), while the New York Mets recovered from their two drubbings in Philadelphia with a couple of victories to end the hurricane-shortened week. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
Chris Capuano: It doesn't get much better than this. Capuano was two pitches short of a perfect game, and faced one batter over the minimum. Easily the best pitched game of the season for the Mets, the veteran lefty threw a complete-game shutout, striking out an astounding-for-him (and career-high) 13 batters while walking none, and giving up a paltry two hits.
Nick Swisher: The amiable right fielder went on a home run tear in the six games this week, belting five of them (and just missing another one to end Tuesday's game), while driving in eight runs, scoring seven times, batting .333, hitting a double and drawing five walks. And good guy that he is, he'll be honeymooning in Afghanistan after the season while visiting the troops (hey, character counts in the Player of the Week voting).â†µ
Nick Evans: The Mets' latest first baseman is taking advantage of his playing time, and had the best week of his career, with a .500 average (and with three walks thrown in, he had a .600 OBP), two doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBIs. He was the main reason the Mets were able to salvage the series against the Phillies.â†µ
Russell Martin: The catcher's game on Thursday is enough by itself to qualify for this list. All he did was go 5-for-5, with a grand slam, a solo home run, a double and a walk. For the week he batted .438, scored four runs, hit a pair of doubles and a couple of homers, drove in six and walked twice. And his defense has been rock solid behind the plate to boot.â†µ
Curtis Granderson: For the week, the Yankee center fielder only banged out five hits, but he made them count as three were home runs, and he drove in a total of nine runs (he also scored seven runs and walked five times). Granderson now leads the majors in home runs (38) and RBIs (107). We might as well include him here to give him a shot at a first-ever three consecutive Player of the Week honors.â†µ
Robinson Cano: Let's make it a clean sweep and list all of Thursday's grand-slam triplets. Cano batted .360 this week, with two homers, eight RBIs, three runs scored, two doubles and a walk.â†µ