It's Monday morning, so that means it's time to vote for the SB Nation New York Player of the Week. Curtis Granderson took home the honors last week despite the New York Yankees' 1-5 record. This week the Yanks rebounded with a 5-2 mark, including holding serve in the first round of the Subway Series, while the New York Mets went 3-3. We have plenty of nominees to choose from, so we'll go with the hitting star of the week for each team along with a bunch of starting pitchers. The starting pitching was so good, in fact, that guys like R.A. Dickey and Freddy Garcia who only gave up one and two runs, respectively, couldn't even make the list. Vote now!â†µ
Alex Rodriguez: He may be in his career decline, but A-Rod raked this week, batting.419, with 13 hits, three home runs, four RBIs, seven runs and a double. His average went from .250 last Monday morning all the way up to .284. Not bad for an old guy.â†µ
Justin Turner: Last year it was R.A. Dickey who came out of nowhere, now it's Turner's turn for folk hero status. He broke the Met rookie record with RBIs in seven consecutive games, which was previously held by Ron Swoboda in 1965, before finally being stopped on Sunday. Turner hit .375 this week, five of his nine hits were doubles and he knocked in six runs.â†µ
Bartolo Colon: The hefty reclamation project keeps on rolling along. Stem cells? Prunes? An all-bacon-and-sausage diet? Whatever his secret, Colon twirled a beauty on Wednesday in Baltimore, throwing eight shutout innings, only allowing three hits, with seven strikeouts and one walk. And he did it all in an efficient 87 pitches (61 strikes).â†µ
Dillon Gee: The young Met hurler was the latest to go for that elusive first Met no-hitter, but was foiled by Livan Hernandez with two outs in the sixth inning. It didn't put a damper on his day, though, as Gee was every bit as good as Colon, lasting seven and 2/3 innings without letting in a run, giving up two hits, with three strikeouts and three walks. He's now 3-0, with a 3.44 ERA and 1.26 WHIP.â†µ
Jon Niese: The starting pitching gems just keep on coming. Niese threw seven shutout innings on Wednesday in the pouring rain, while striking out seven, walking one and allowing six hits. But unlike the other pitchers on this list, he smacked a pinch-hit triple on Monday to bolster his credentials.â†µ
CC Sabathia: And here's another shutout performance. Sabathia went eight strong innings, with nine strikeouts, seven hits and no walks. It was no surprise it came against the Orioles, as CC owns the Birds.