MLB Weekly Risers And Fallers: 6/8/15-6/14/15


Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox: Pedroia had a phenomenal week, finishing it with a batting average of .483. In addition, he had a .531 on base percentage. The hot week brings his season average up to .313, with a .376 OBP. To date, he has hit eight home runs while driving in 23 runs. 

Cameron Maybin, Atlanta Braves: Maybin collected a cool .455 average this week, including going 3-5 twice in the past three days. Despite his torrent pace, his batting average still sits a hair below .300. He does have 26 runs batted in on the season, second on the team only to Freddie Freeman. 

Joc Pederson, Los Angeles Dodgers: Pederson absolutely crushed the ball this week, pounding out four home runs while driving in six runs. Pederson also had four walks, all while having a batting average of .292. This season, Pederson has 17 home runs and 33 runs batted in. 

Mark Melancon, Pittsburgh Pirates: Melancon pitched 4.2 innings this week, giving up zero runs while collecting seven saves for the Pirates. Melancon now has a season ERA of 2.28 with 18 saves on the season in 27.2 innings pitched. Additionally, he has a WHIP (walks + hits per inning pitched) of 1.08.

New York Yankees: The Yankees are currently riding a six-game winning streak and are 7-3 in their last 10 games. While in this winning streak, they have taken the lead in the A.L. East by one and a half games over Tampa Bay. The Yankees travel to Washington on Tuesday to start the upcoming week.


Mark Trumbo, Seattle Mariners: Trumbo was traded mid-week to Seattle, where he did not get off to a good start. In four games with Seattle, Trumbo got two hits on Thursday in his first game; then, he proceeded to get no more hits the rest of the week. It will be interesting to see if he picks it up this week.

Stephen Vogt, Oakland Athletics: Vogt really struggled this week, getting only two hits in six games for Oakland. One of those hits was a home run, but the A's would gladly trade that home run for a few more hits throughout the week.

Steven Souza, Jr, Tampa Bay Rays: Souza had a week similar to Vogt's. He had two hits with one of them being a home run. The bad week drops his season average to .215. Vogt should get some slack as he is in his first full MLB season, but he will need to pick it up soon if he wants to help his team win.

Jeff Samardzija, Chicago White Sox: Samardzija had a rough week, making two starts and getting shelled in both. His first start came on Tuesday when he pitched five innings against Texas, giving up nine runs. He then took the mound again on Sunday, when he gave up six runs in seven innings pitched against Detroit.

Los Angeles Angels: The Angels are on a five-game losing streak, and they are quickly falling in the A.L. West standings as they have dropped below .500. They begin their new week Tuesday in Tampa Bay.