A.J. Pollock - OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
Week Six Stats: .307 (8-26), 4 R, 3 RBI, 0 HR, 1 2b, 1 3b, 1 BB, 6 Ks
2017 Stats: .299 (BA)/.337 (OBP)/.455 (SLG), 2 HR, 11 RBI, 11 SB, 26 R, 9 BB, 29 K
Statistically Pollock had a nice week accruing a .307 average, while also driving in three runs and scoring four. Pollock was dealt some bad news this past week though. On Sunday he had to be removed from Arizona’s game with the Pittsburgh Pirates due to a groin injury and was placed on the 10-day DL on Monday. It is a tough blow for Pollock since he was off to such a great start. There is no timetable for Pollock’s return, but he did miss a month at the of the 2016 season for the same injury. Here’s to a speedy recovery.
Jeff Samardzija - SP, San Francisco Giants
Week Six Stats: 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 19 H, 9 ER, 0 BB, 17 K, W-L: 1-1
2017 Stats: 1-5, 5.26 ERA, 53.0 IP, 54 H, 31 ER, 10 BB, 63 K, .266 BAA
Samardzija has thrown the ball real well over his last three starts. Last week he went seven innings against the Mets, while punching out nine, walking none. He had just one bad inning, getting touched up for four earned. He bounced back though on Sunday going 6.2 innings, allowing just three earned and striking out eight en route to picking up his first win of the season. Samardzija had had an amazing strikeout-to-walk ration over his last three starts. He’s struck out 28 and walked none. After a rough start to the season, Samardzija seems to be headed in the right direction. The Shark will toe the slab on Saturday in St. Louis.
David Phelps - RP, Miami Marlins
Week Six Stats: 3 G, 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, W-L: 0-0, 1 HD
2017 Stats: 2-2, 4.26 ERA, 19.0 IP, 18 H, 9 ER, 7 BB, 20 K, .257 BAA
Phelps has been lights out over his last nine outings. In that span he’s given up one hit, and just six base runners. Last week Phelps worked another scoreless slate, while striking out four and walking one. He’s continuing to be a bright spot in the Miami bullpen.
Trey Mancini - 3B/1B/OF, Baltimore Orioles
Week Six Stats: .250 (4/16), 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K
2017 Stats: .288/.318/.600, 7 HR, 20 RBI, 9 R, 4 2b, 4 BB, 28 K
Mancini’s at bats continue to be sporadic, but again he delivered this week. He socked a two-run homer in last Monday’s win over the Washington Nationals. He’s upped his averaged to .288 and his power numbers are at seven homers and 20 knocked in. It is only May, but if Mancini can keep up the pace he’ll have a case for the Rookie of the Year.
John Axford - RP, Oakland Athletics
Week Six Stats: N/A
2017 Stats: N/A
Axford is still on the disabled list, but according the AP he could be activated during Oakland’s upcoming homestand, which begins on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox.
Craig Counsell - Mgr., Milwaukee Brewers
Week Six Stats: 5-1
2017 Stats: 21-17
Counsell’s Brewers continue to raise eyebrows across the league. The Brewers went 5-1 last week, which was capped off by a weekend sweep of the New York Mets. Milwaukee stands just one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for first place.