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by Nick Barritta • May 13, 2011 • Sports & LeisureComments (0)1506

Philadelphia Phillies, 24-12

Weekly MVP Kyle Kendrick

Even after dropping two out of three to the divisional rival Braves, the Phil’s still remain a dominant force in the National League, if not THE dominant force in all of baseball. After a three series loss to Atlanta, they turned around and won two out of three in Florida.

What is more impressing is that the Phillies are doing it with two of their star players on the disabled list in Roy Oswalt and Chase Utley, and another top player in Raul Ibanez not hitting the ball at all. Roy Halladay took the mound in Florida and got the loss, but Kyle Kendrick and Joe Blanton both left Florida with wins. That my friend is how good TEAMS win. They do not have to rely on the ace of the staff to win every time they take the mound.

NY Yankees, 20-14

Weekly MVP Francisco Cervelli

Arlington, Texas was much nicer to the Yanks this time of year then it was last time they went there in the 2010 playoffs. Even though it is only May, Yankee fans should be happy with a three game series win deep in the heart of Texas. During the final game of the series the Yanks bats finally came alive and Cervelli hit his first career grand slam. Still though, the Yanks lack consistency, and the wins they are getting do not justify the lack of runs they are producing.

Pitching is what is keeping the Yankees in games right now, and with Soriano in the shelf right now, who knows how long that will keep up. But a win is a win. As the great Yogi Berra once said “I’m not in a slump, I’m just not hitting”.

NY Mets, 17-20

Weekly MVP Carlos Beltran

The Mess’s are playing a little better ball but still have a record three games under .500. And the curse of the Mets continues on. This time it had David Wright and Ike Davis colliding into each other while trying to catch a routine fly ball. Ike Davis hit the DL and David Wright is banged up. Whatever could go wrong, usually does for the Mets.

With a rain-out in Colorado, the Mets took two out of three, even after putting a makeshift lineup out on the field Thursday with Wright and Davis out. Against the Dodgers, the Mets again took two out of three at home but was still not enough to get them over the .500 mark like they should be.

It is going to be an interesting week in Met land as trade rumors are swirling around the area. With Chris Young having season ending surgery this week, the Mets do not have enough depth at starting pitcher and may need to look into a trade to acquire one. With Reyes and Beltran playing hot right now, it may be the time for the Mets to sell high.



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