Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels – Outfield
The Angels Mike Trout raised his BA 11 points last week, with three 3-hit games doing most of the damage. He also slugged 7 extra base hits, knocking in six runs, and scoring eight times. With a career high OPS of 1.016 and a MLB leading WAR of 9.2, Mike Trout is the best offensive player in the game today.
Rick Porcello – Boston Red Sox – Starting Pitcher
Boston’s Rick Porcello is having a Cy Young Award winning season, sporting a 19-3 record, and a 3.23 ERA. He has won 5 of his last 6 starts, and hasn’t walked a batter in his last 3 outings. In two games last week, Porcello tossed 14 innings, allowed only 10 hits, no walks and struck out 9 hitters.
Rougned Odor – Texas Rangers – Second Base
In six games last week, Rougned Odor stroked 4 long balls, drove in 12 runs, and scored 5 times. The 22 year old is on pace to hit over 30 home runs, and have nearly 100 RBI’s and score nearly 100 runs. Odor has been involved in a couple fights during his short professional career. The most notable was his punch to the face of the Toronto Blue Jays Jose Bautista after a hard slide into second base.
Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles – Starting Pitcher
The Orioles Kevin Gausman faced the New York Yankees twice last week, and he walked away with a couple of wins. Over 13 innings, Gausman punched out 17 Yankees, and allowed only 9 hits and 2 walks. Including a start against the Washington Nationals on August 23rd, Kevin has not allowed an earned run over his last 19 innings.
Jon Lester – Chicago Cubs – Starting Pitcher
In 15 innings of work last week, Cubs starter Jon Lester was in complete control against the Dodgers and the Giants. He gave up a meager six hits, and allowed only one earned run against the Dodgers and the Giants, two teams who would be in the post season if it started today. With 17 games to play against the Brewers, Pirates, and Reds on the schedule, the Cubs should be rolling into the playoffs on a high note.