Boston Red Sox: 6-1 – Jackie Bradley Jr.: .375 / 1 HR / 7 RBIs
While most of the Red Sox lineup hit well in Week 4, Bradley Jr.’s consistency all week long stood out from the rest of the squad. Bradley Jr. batted .375 with seven RBIs, and though his one home run isn’t strikingly deserving of a top performer nod, that one dinger was one of six extra base hits, which included three triples.
Baltimore Orioles: 3-4 – Manny Machado: .276 / 1 HR / 5 RBIs
Week 4 wasn’t a 2016 Machado-like week, yet he was still the Orioles’ top performer. The third baseman batted .276 this week with one home run. What really made Machado stand out from his teammates was his five RBIs during the week. Had Pedro Alvarez and/or Nolan Reimold received consistent playing time during the week –– they had just 14 plate appearances –– one of them would’ve been considered instead. Alvarez batted .500 this week with four of his seven hits going for extra bases. Reimold drove in four runs during his four games-played this week.
Toronto Blue Jays: 2-4 – Michael Saunders: .261 / 3 HRs / 4 RBIs
Saunders was the most consistent of all Blue Jays at the plate this week. Though .261 isn’t a strikingly great batting average, his three long ball led the squad, which is an accomplishment for a guy whose teammates are Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, Troy Tulowitzki and Edwin Encarnacion.
Tampa Bay Rays: 3-3 – Logan Forsythe: .450 / 1 HR / 2 RBIs
Forsythe did exactly what a leadoff hitter is supposed to do: he got on base –– a lot. In his 24 plate appearances, he reached base 13 times. Four of his nine hits went for extra bases, and one of his singles turned into a two-bagger after he stole second in Friday’s loss to the Blue Jays.
New York Yankees: 1-5 – Alex Rodriguez: .429 / 3 HRs / 6 RBIs
Rodriguez totaled 15 plate appearances in just four games played. So, if he were on a different team, another player probably would’ve been considered the top performer. But, because most of the Yankees aren’t hitting well, A-Rod takes the title. In his 14 at bats, he batted .429 with five extra-base hits. He hit three home runs in the four games since manager Joe Girardi benched him for the Yankees’ first two games against the Texas Rangers to start off the week.
The Yankees averaged 2.5 runs per game during the week. The Rays were the only team in the division with a worse runs per game mark. It doesn’t matter how many great pitchers are in the Yankees bullpen. If they don’t score runs, they’re going to have a tough time winning.
What to Look For:
The Red Sox just swept the Yankees in the first meeting between the two teams in the game’s most historic rivalry. Look for the Red Sox to propel from the sweep into another strong week.