Players of the Week 2





Players of the Week and more

 

By David A. Avila

The big thunder this week emanated from the West Coast as two Los Angeles teams unleashed their big guns in the National League and the American League.

Los Angeles Dodger slugger Cody Bellinger belted seven homers since the season began to lead the team to a franchise record 10-game homerun streak that is ongoing. The previous record was held by the 1954 Brooklyn Dodger team to begin a season. Bellinger is now hitting .455

“I just really feel good,” said Bellinger. “We’re good.”

Down south in Anaheim, the Angels saw their top gun Mike Trout belt five homeruns in a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. They needed it after a disastrous start that saw them win only one game last week.  Against the powerful hitting Rangers the Angels behind Trout won three straight and began to hit as a team.

Both Trout and Bellinger were named Players of the Week for their respective leagues by Major League Baseball on Monday.

 

Futility

On the other side of the coin Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis struck out twice on Sunday against the New York Yankees and remains without a hit after 44 at bats since last September 2018. Two more at bats without a hit and Davis will tie the mark set by Dodger player Eugenio Velez set in 2011. That year he batted 46 times without a hit.

 

Speaking of starting badly, both the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs have slipped since Opening Day. Woeful pitching is to blame for both the Red Sox and Cubs who are both at the back of the packs in their respective divisions. The Red Sox have no starters with an ERA less than 5.00 with Rick Porcello at 13.50, Nathan Eovaldi 8.10, Chris Sale 8.00 and David Price at 6.00. The Cubs likewise have dismal starting pitching with the exception of Jon Lester who shut out Pittsburgh on Monday in his game and sports a 2.57 ERA.

 

Contracts

Colorado Rockies pitcher German Marquez signed a five-year contract for $43 million dollars on Saturday. The right-hander set a franchise record with 230 strikeouts for the Rockies and had a 14-11 record and 3.77 ERA in 2018. Marquez, 24, was born in Venezuela and is in his fourth year with the team. Last year was hit best as he sported a 1.20 WHIP.

 

 

  

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