Team of the Week: New York Mets
After struggling mightily for the past few weeks, the New York Mets have just put together an excellent week. They went 6-1, and out of seemingly nowhere got a power surge, finally beginning to hit home runs. After falling to a sub 500 record, the Mets have now pulled back within two games of the Washington Nationals for first place. With players such as Jenrry Mejia and Daniel Murphy back from injury and David Wright expected to return soon, things are looking up for the Amazin’s.
Play of the Week: Rob Refsnyder goes yard over the Green Monster for his first career home run.
Possibly the Yankees second baseman of the future, Rob Refsnyder his his first career home run against Alexi Ogando, and how fitting that it was a blast over the green monster? Hopefully the first of many.
Game of the Week: NYCFC draws with Toronto 4-4
In a record setting MLS match that saw 4 penalty kicks taken and a whopping 8 goals, this one was a thriller between two superstars of the league. David Villa netted another two goals, bringing his total to ten on the season and eight in his last seven games, while Sebastian Giovinco scored a hat trick in the first half in a mere nine minute span, as well as assisting on Toronto’s fourth goal. He terrorized New York’s defense throughout, and Toronto led 4-3 after an 82nd minute goal, before Patrick Mullins played the role of hero with an equalizer just a minute later. It was dissapointing NYC couldn’t pull out the win to draw even with Toronto in the standings, but it still was a phenomenal game nonetheless.
Worst Team of the Week: Brooklyn Nets
It is normally hard to win the worst team of the week award when you don’t even play, but the Nets have earned this one. Their team got much worse over the past week, and they will have an uphill battle to make the playoffs. Losing Deron Williams for nothing and having to pay him until 2021 will hurt. After also trading Steve Blake for next to nothing, they now will have Jarret Jack, who is more of a scorer than someone truly capable of running an offense, and the inconsistent Shane Larkin running the show at point guard. They also failed to trade Joe Johnson, and lost Alan Anderson. To put the icing on the cake, Brooklyn signed Andrea Bargnani to a two-year deal. The Italian big has been a curse wherever he has gone. The Raptors have won the Atlantic Division in back to back seasons after trading him, and the Knicks have fallen off from a playoff team to a lottery team. The injury prone, ineffective big man should show more of the same play in Brooklyn.
Player of the Week: Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez was instrumental in the Yankees series win over the Boston Red Sox, blasting two solo shots in the first inning of games one and two. Overall, Rodriguez had three homers and five RBI on the week, playing a big part in the Yankees solidifying themselves as a first place team.
Performance of the Week: Kirk Nieuwenhuis hits three home runs in Mets win
Kirk who? After being traded to the Angels in April, “Captain Kirk” was reacquired by the Mets three weeks ago and officially called back up this week. Heading into the game, Nieuwenhuis was batting .130 with no homers and 3 RBI, but that quickly changed as he smacked three longballs and drove in four runs as the Mets beat Arizona 5-3. Nieuwenhuis became the first player to hit three home runs in one game at Citi Field.
Transaction of the Week: Yankees call up Rob Refsnyder
Yeah, I do not think I even need to explain this one. With the awful Stephen Drew at second base, it was just a matter of time before Refsnyder got the promotion.
Feat of the Week: Kristaps Porzingis makes Knicks debut
While it is only summer league, we did get our first glimpse at Latvian Kristaps Porzingis