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Performance of the Week: Week Seven

by Matt Smith

MlbHlSqPicking my performance of the week was a tricky decision this time, so tricky in fact that I ended up giving it to two people.

There were several impressive pitching performances, not least by Jake Peavy on Wednesday. 

In just his second start of an injury-hit season, Peavy pitched a complete game shut-out against the in-form Indians, giving up just three hits while striking out eight and not allowing a single free pass. 

The Pirates’ Charlie Morton blanked the Cincinnati Reds on the same night and Bartolo Colon pitched eight scoreless innings against the Orioles. 

Brian McCann’s late-game heroics against the Astros on Tuesday were almost too good to look past too.  Entering the game as a pinch-hitter, the Braves’ catcher hit a game-tying home run with two outs in the ninth inning and then hit a walk-off shot in the eleventh. 

Like most catchers, McCann doesn’t like taking days off, but if he responds like that every time he rides the pine then he can expect manager Fredi Gonzalez to excuse him from starting duties more often. 

This week’s winner(s)

 The Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista had just about done enough to win the award with a superlative day at the plate on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins that marginally bettered McCann’s late-inning fireworks. 

After hitting a pop-out in the first inning, Bautista smacked a 409 feet home run to left-field in the third, a 380 feet home run to left-field in the fourth and then a 405 feet home run to right-field in the sixth.   Three at-bats, three straight long balls.  As the Twins’ manager Ron Gardenhire put it: “Every time we made a mistake, he put it in the seats”.

Bautista was a surprise winner of the 2010 home run crown and any thoughts that he might be a one-year wonder have already been laid to rest.  The question now is: will he break the 50 home run mark again?

There didn’t seem to be any more questions about whether he deserved the Performance of the Week award as I pondered it on Thursday evening; however Jason Giambi decided to make a late challenge that couldn’t be denied.

The Giambino matched Bautista’s three-home run feat last night against the Phillies.  The fact that Giambi snapped an 0-for-18 slump with his first homer might have tipped the scales in his favour, but sharing the award between them seems the fairest way to go.

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