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 Evans took the honors, and he set a new Player of the Week record to boot by accumulating 95 votes -- though his family may have done some ballot stuffing. The New York Yankees polished off the Orioles on Monday, won their series in Boston and then came back home and swept the Blue Jays, while the New York Mets had a good week as well, going 6-2. Here are the new nominees. Vote now!â†µ
David Wright: Wright has gone from young upstart to crusty old veteran in the blink of an eye, and, with nothing but meaningless games on the Mets' horizon, he's still playing hard every day and leading all his young teammates by example. He's in one of his patented hot streaks right now, and for the week he hit a smoldering .500, and with six walks got on base at a .594 clip. He drove in seven runs, scored six times, hit five doubles and smashed a home run. He also helped save Wednesday's game with his glove.â†µ
CC Sabathia: In his previous four starts against Boston this year, Sabathia was 0-4 and gave up a total of 20 earned runs, but on Tuesday, while not his best start of the year, he gutted out a victory in Boston (six innings, two runs, 10 strikeouts, two walks, 10 hits) while throwing a season-high 128 pitches. He picked up another win on Sunday, this time having somewhat of an easier time of it (seven and 1/3 innings, two runs, 10 strikeouts, one walk, six hits), completing the sweep over the Jays and giving him 19 wins for the year.â†µ
Robinson Cano: Ho-hum, just another week for the Yankee second baseman, which means a .370 average, seven runs scored, six RBIs, five doubles (now 40 for the season) and two walks. He also made a key diving catch in the late innings of Tuesday's win over the Red Sox as well. The first few months of the 2010 season, his unofficial nickname was "MVP Candidate" and now the rumblings have begun again.â†µ
Lucas Duda: It was another fine week for the Mets' new right fielder, and with every passing game it looks like he'll be in right next year as well. He had six RBIs this week, scored seven runs, hit two homers, walked three times and batted .289. And he saved his best moments for when they counted most, by driving in the winning run on Wednesday and blasting a game-tying, second-deck home run in Sunday's win.â†µ
Brett Gardner: There were other Yankees who hit more home runs, drove in more runs and had higher averages, but Gardner's value to the team shone all week long. While he may have only batted .250, he walked seven times for a .444 OBP, stole five bases, belted a home run, drove in two and scored a run. And he may just be the best defensive outfielder in the league, as was seen in the first inning of Friday's win, when he made two standout catches that may have saved the game right there.â†µ
R.A. Dickey: This season the knuckleballer is proving the modern theory that wins and losses for pitchers don't count for much. He did pick up a pair of wins this week, though, which put his record at 7-11, but with an ERA of 3.60 and 1.27 WHIP, if he had any run support at all, he could easily have 13 or 14 wins. He threw seven shutout innings in Monday's win over the Marlins, and then came back on three days rest to defeat the Nationals, going six innings and allowing three runs. In the two games, he only walked one batter, which is an accomplishment when you're a knuckleball pitcher.