Team of the Week: New York City FC
For the first time in franchise history, NYCFC has won two straight games and are undefeated in their last three games. David Villa and Kwadwo Poku led the way, with each of them finishing with a goal and an assist. Mix Diskerud added a third goal in a very good win for the first year club. NYCFC is no longer in sole possession of last place either, now tied with Colorado, Chicago, and Montreal for last with 14 points each.
Play of the Week: Mason Williams goes yard in his second big league at bat for his first career hit
In his first day as a member of the New York Yankees, Mason Williams was placed in center field and would bat ninth against the Orioles in Baltimore. Williams was known for his bat in the minors, and he proved that rather quickly in the big leagues. In just his second career at bat, Williams hit a monster home run to earn himself his first career hit. The Yankees would go on to lose the game, but it was definitely a special moment.
Game of the Week: NYCFC wins consecutive games for the first time, defeats Montreal 3-1
As mentioned before, this game was quite the win for New York. Montreal is just a mediocre team at best, but NY was finally showing progress in their chemistry and it paid off. A set of excellent crosses by Villa and Poku led to goals, and Mix Diskerud continued to impress with another score. The defense was also solid, limited the challenges Montreal had.
Player of the Week: Juan Lagares
New York Mets speedster Juan Lagares had an excellent week at the plate, going 11-30 with a home run and 5 RBIs. Lagares came up big in Sunday’s 10-8 win over the Braves, with a two run home run that gave the Mets the lead, and eventually, the win. That win was critical as well, as it pushed the Mets back into sole possession of first place in the National League East.
Performance of the Week: David Villa’s goal and assist led NYCFC to victory over Montreal.
After a slow start, Spanish superstar David Villa has been fantastic lately. He set the pace of the Montreal game, scoring a 31st minute goal to give NYCFC the lead, before putting the game away with a cross to Poku for a third goal, sealing the win for City. After a disastrous start to the franchise’s first season, NYCFC finally has been playing well, in large part due to none other than Villa.
Worst play of the Week: Mets no hit by Giants rookie Chris Heston
The Mets offense has had its struggles throughout the season, but the height of this came this week in a dreadful showing against the San Francisco Giants. No disrespect to Chris Heston as he was phenomenal, but the fact New York could not get a single hit against just a decent pitcher (6-5, 3.76 ERA) is disappointing. He was rocked his previous start as well, surrendering five runs in just three innings.
Feat of the Week: Alex Rodriguez becomes the second player in MLB history with 2,000 RBIs
Heading into the season, nobody was quite sure how Alex Rodriguez would perform. He had sparingly played for four straight seasons, missing all games last season. He also was coming off hip surgery. Rodriguez has quieted all critics though, playing better then anyone could have predicted. He surpassed 2,000 RBIs this week, joining Hank Aaron as the only other player with that much. It has been a special season for Rodriguez, and that was definitely one of the highlights.