So who's throttling? I will keep it short this week and focus only on this week's 12 stars. And forget who's sputtering - we'll go easy on the sputterers this week and give them a pass.
Oh, and I tend to cut a little slack for pitchers who may only get in one game for the week, and accordingly look at both their last week and their season as a whole when considering stars of the week.
MY 12 STARS OF THE WEEK:
AAA: RHSP Rafael Montero - rumors of the precipitous demise of Mr. Montero were entirely and completely premature, as he had 2 scoreless outings this week (11.2 IP, 13 K)
AAA: RHSP Gabe Ynoa - dude eschews strikeouts (just 22 in 45.2 IP), but improved to 4-0, 1.77 over 7 starts, and the 3 no-decisions early on were well pitched, so he could have been 7-0. He's getting the job done.
AAA: RHRP Paul Sewald is 2.1, 1.89, 5 saves, 1.00 WHIP and 24 Ks in 19 IP. Paul never hits the wall, y'all.
HIGH A: RHRP Tim Peterson: He is Mets Minors Reliever of the Year so far, by far, with just 1 ER in 16,1 IP, 0.55 WHIP, and a ripping 28 Ks.
HIGH A: LF/1B Kevin Taylor: going into Sunday, he was on base 26 of 42 times and sits at .378/.495/.537 after 24 games. Just one error.
HIGH A C Tomas Nido: his 8 for 18 week lifted him to .318.
A: LHSP P.J. Conlon is a delightful 5-0, 1.23 ERA. Career ERA below 1.00.
A: RHRP Tyler Bashlor: in 9 games this year, 1.20 ERA and 20 Ks in 15 IP.
A: 3B David Thompson slowed up in RBIs but still has 36 in 35 games, which I believe is 3rd highest of any professional player, and is hitting a healthy .302.
Some other guys are having fine seasons (Travis Taijeron, Dominic Smith, Wuilmer Becerra, Vinny Siena, to name a few, and TJ Rivers, who on Monday climbed to .339 with 4 runs scored and 3 RBIs, giving him 31 Rib Eyes on the season already and closing in on Thompson).
They were not hot enough this in this past particular week (thru Sunday) to be included in my Stars of the Week, but they are stars of the season.
I suspect I'll be excited next week too.
What say you, reader?