With the New York Rangers competing in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, both the New York Yankees and Mets proving to be hard to beat, and the NFL Draft having occurred this week, there is plenty up for grabs in this weeks segment of New York Sports Weekly Awards. Here’s the best of the week:
Team of the Week: New York Yankees
In a week that saw the Yankees take home sole possession of first place in the American League East after posting a 5-1 record to go along with two series wins against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox (first sweep in Boston since 2006), the Yankees are proving to be a force to be dealt with. Their offense is firing on all cylinders, their rotation is still producing despite the loss of bonafide ace Masahiro Tanka, and their bullpen is one of baseball’s best, if not the best. Things are looking bright early on this season, after many counted out the Yankees out prior to Opening Day. Now, we wait and see if it all lasts.
Play of the Week: Alex Rodriguez Ties Willie Mays With His 660th Career Home Run
Rodriguez, perhaps baseball’s most polarizing player, achieved another milestone during the Yankees weekend sweep of the Boston Red Sox. Having hit five home runs going into the series, Rodriguez launched this home run over the Monster, and tied childhood idol, Willie Mays, on the All-Time home run list with his 660th career home run. Next up: A-Rod3K (doesn’t sound as good as DJ3K did, but don’t worry, it’ll catch on eventually).
Worst Play of the Week: Rangers Fall Asleep On Defense, Lose Game 1
The Rangers effectively left Joel Ward wide open. This game was destined for overtime, but the Rangers got what they deserved after falling asleep on defense with under ten seconds left in the third period. Luckily for New York’s last playoff team, they had a fighting spirit going into Game 2 and managed to pull off a 3-2 victory to even up the series.
Game of the Week: Mets Beat Marlins in 1 Hour, 58 Minute Game
This was baseball’s quickest game since 2011 (which, also coincidently lasted 118 minutes). Both Dillon Gee and Jarred Cosart put up blanks on the scoreboard, but in the end, a three run shot by Daniel Murphy gave the Mets a win in what panned out to be a relatively mediocre week.
Worst Team of the Week: New York Mets
Remember when we said the Mets had a mediocre week? Yeah, they did. The Mets went 2-5 and struggled to get any momentum going. The Mets averaged 2.14 runs per game over this seven game in seven day stretch, and gave up 3.14 runs per game. That’s never a good sign considering, considering the fact that the Mets will be reliant on their rotation for much of the season due to injuries to their bullpen.
Worst Player of the Week: Wilmer Flores
Remember when everyone was raving about Wilmer Flores and his potential as a prospect for the Mets? Yeah, neither do I. Flores got benched for the last two games this weekend against the Washington Nationals, but prior to that, Flores had posted 2 hits over 17 at bats (with no home runs or RBIs) to post a .118 batting average. This is not the production you want to see from any major league fielder expected to play day in and day out, and if this level of production continues from Flores, he might find himself in Las Vegas sooner than he thought.
Player of the Week: Jacoby Ellsbury
The Yankees won our Team of the Week award, and I have to say, if it weren’t for Jacoby Ellsbury, that might not have been possible. Ellsbury went on an absolute tear these past seven days as he posted a .538 batting average (14 hits in 26 at bats), to go along with 1 RBI. While that 1 RBI might seem low, he is the first batter in the lineup so his stats will be deflated, but Ellsbury got on base, and when he gets on base, the sky is the limit with his electrifying speed.
Transaction of the Week: Jets Drafted Leonard Williams
I still do not know how Leonard Williams slid into the Jets hands but he did, and Jets fans everywhere should be rejoicing about that. The Jets have now solidified their pass rush core with Williams joining a pass rush consisting of Sheldon Richardson, Muhammad Wilkerson, Quinton Coples, and Damon Harrison. While they picked the best player available, rather than the player that might clog their holes early on, they made a statement with this pick.