With the Alex Rodriguez surging and there being a potential new team on the block in New York baseball, we present you the latest edition of New York sports weekly awards.
Team of the Week: New York Mets
The Mets haven’t lost in the past week, so this was an easy decision. Overall, eight wins in a row has the Mets sitting pretty as the best team in the NL. This has come at a cost, however, as David Wright, Jerry Blevins, and Travis d’Arnaud were all placed on the DL this week, but the team has the pieces to replace all of these guys for the time being without totally ruining their hot streak.
Play of the Week: New York Rangers score a goal 28 seconds into the playoffs
Coming off their President’s Trophy victory, the Rangers are the natural favorites in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There’s no better way to assert one’s dominance in the playoffs and energize the crowd than by coming out of the gates firing on all cylinders. This is why the Rangers scoring twenty eight seconds into Game 1 was almost too good to be true.
Worst Play of the Week: Ichiro called out at home, to be overturned later.
This was a weird play in a game between the Mets and the Marlins. Initially, Travis d’Arnaud missed the tag, and Ichiro missed the plate. They both made second efforts, and the umpire called Ichiro out at the plate. Yet, after a review, despite there not being conclusive evidence to suggest that Ichiro got his hand in before d’Arnaud caught up to him, the umpires overturned the play at the plate. It’s possible that Ichiro got his hand in, but we can’t tell definitively. Therefore, the fact that this was overturned was ridiculous.
Game of the Week: Islanders-Capitals Game 3
It was the beginning of the end of playoff action at the Nassau Coliseum, so the atmosphere was of course great, and the fans got their money’s worth. With the series tied 1-1 coming in, the Caps and Isles played a great back and forth game. Kyle Okposo opened the scoring in the second period, before Nicklas Backstrom tied things up in the third period. The score remained that way through the end of regulation, and John Tavares ended it only 15 seconds in the sudden death overtime period, sending the home fans into a frenzy.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Knicks
For one final time, the Knicks found a way to anger their fans. Instead of leaving the fans happy with the worst record in the NBA, the Knicks started off their final week by defeating the Eastern Conference-leading Hawks, and allowing the Minnesota Timberwolves to slip into pole position for the league’s worst record. That win essentially cost them 6.01% of their odds to win the Draft Lottery. So, the Knicks closed out the worst season in franchise history, and they couldn’t even tank correctly.
Worst Player of the Week: Didi Gregorius
This comes as no surprise to me, because I seem to be the only person in New York who thinks Gregorius is terrible, but the man who was once compared to Derek Jeter (albeit by Kevin Towers, which essentially means nothing) went 4-for-18 this past week, to go along with poor defense, despite the fact that defense is supposedly his best skill. Good luck with him, Yankees fans.
Player of the Week: Alex Rodriguez
Our favorite roid-fiend is legitimately playing very well to start the year. He hit 6-for-23, including 3 homers (one of them being a 471 foot behemoth of a hit) and 5 walks over the past week. Those are incredible numbers, what’s more to say?