What a week it was for our beloved New York teams. The New York Islanders played their final game at the Nassau Coliseum, the New York Rangers won the Presidents Trophy, the New York Mets and Yankees returned to regular season action, the Brooklyn Nets continued their playoff pursuit, and the New York Knicks season is almost over (!) Just to note, this week, with their being zero transactions, the award has been taken out and instead replaced with Worst Play of the Week. Here are our awards of the week.
Team of the Week: New York Rangers
The Rangers reign of terror continues for yet another week (we’ve lost count). The Rangers regular season came to a close as they finished with 113 points, leading the NHL resulting in winning the Presidents Trophy. They will now focus their attention on the Pittsburgh Penguins as their hunt for the Stanley Cup continues yet again. The Rangers went 3-1 this week, beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime thanks to two clutch goals from Derek Stepan, the New Jersey Devils 4-2, and the Washington Capitals (this win secured Henrik Lundqvist’s 30th win of the season) 4-2. The only loss the Rangers suffered came at the hands of the Ottawa Senators where they were blanked 3-0. The Rangers finished the year with a 53-22-7 record.
Play of the Week: Bartolo Colon Gets His Sixth Career RBI in Hilarious Fashion
What is there not to love about this? Bartolo Colon got his sixth career RBI (and his first since 2005) against the meager Atlanta Braves, and in the process managed to lose his helmet. This is play of the year. Stand up for the king.
Worst Play of the Week: Dammit Didi!
Bottom of the eighth. Opening Day. Yankees down 6-1. Didi Gregorius is on second with Mark Teixeira up at the plate. Can the Yankees can finally get some momentum going? Nope! Apparently Gregorius thought it would be a good idea to steal third. Joe Girardi’s face sums up the reaction from all Yankee fans. Can Derek Jeter come out of retirement now?
Game of the Week: Yankees and Red Sox Play 19 Innings/Islanders Play Last Game at Nassau Coliseum
The deciding factor for who would get this award was whichever team won, but as expected in recent times, we can only really rely on the New York Rangers to win consistently so this week, this award is a tie. The Yankees and Red Sox played a hard fought game that ended at 2:00 a.m. and went 19 innings strong (two games for the price of one #freebaseball), and the Islanders played their final ever regular season home game in Long Island before moving to Brooklyn to play in the Barclays Center next season. The Yankees eventually fell after taking the lead late on, and the Islanders went down in a shutout.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Yankees
Baseball is back and Yankees fans can’t wait for the offseason to begin. Starting how most thought a team of old, slow, and declining veterans would, the Yankees have posted a 2-4 record in their first week of action. Supposed ace Masahiro Tanaka looked shaky in his first start against the Toronto Blue Jays, and only slightly better in his second start against the Red Sox, while the offense has been lackluster, posting 31 runs over the course of 64 innings (mostly achieved through a 14 run outburst in the series finale against Boston).
The only positives I have been able to take out of this week has been Michael Pineda and the fact that he got the Yankees their only win of the season, as well as Alex Rodriguez for turning the attention on himself and his antics instead of the mediocre display that the Yankees have been posting thus far this season. But remember Yankee fans, it’s only April. You still have to suffer seven and a half months more until the offseason is back. 😉
Fun Fact: Six games into the season and the Yankees playoff chances have dropped to 14.1%.
Worst Player of the Week: Jenrry Mejia
The Mets suffered a big blow to their bullpen as Jenrry Mejia was suspended 80 games without pay for testing positive for Stanozolol. Though accepting his punishment, Mejia’s response is puzzling to say the very least. Through the player’s union, Mejia released the statement,“I know the rules are the rules, and I will accept my punishment, but I can honestly say I have no idea how a banned substance ended up in my system.” Bill Simmons had an interesting take on the suspension (hint the sarcasm in the tweet).
Player of the Week: Matt Harvey
#HarveyDay is back in Queens. In his first start back from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss the whole of the 2014 season, Harvey shone against World Series favorites, the Washington Nationals. Harvey posted six scoreless frames, allowing 4 hits and striking out nine.