Last week we debuted a weekly feature to look at Carlos Gomez's chances of winning the NL MVP award and concluded that Gomez's stiffest competition was likely to come from Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, Mets third baseman David Wright and Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Let's take a look at how his last seven days compare to theirs.
Gomez: 5-for-23, batting .217/.308/.261
It's been another rough week for Gomez, who had one multi-hit game (2-for-5 with a double on Saturday) but had five relatively quiet performances in the Brewers' other games. His double Saturday was his only extra base hit this week, and he was caught in one of his two stolen base attempts. Stock: Falling
McCutchen: 8-for-19, batting .421/.522/.737
McCutchen started five of the Pirates' six games this week and hit a pair of home runs, including one against Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals on Tuesday night. Both B-Ref and FanGraphs have his wins above replacement rising four tenths of a win this week, moving him into the NL lead in both categories. Stock: Rising fast
Wright: Did not play.
Wright remains on the DL with a strained hamstring and hasn't appeared in a game since August 2. He's eligible to come off the DL over the weekend, but earlier this week Mets manager Terry Collins raised the possibility that his season could be over. Stock: Disabled
Kershaw: 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R (1 ER), 2 BB, 8 K
When your ERA is under 2 it's hard to lower it much further, but Kershaw dropped his mark from 1.91 to 1.88 while beating the Rays on Sunday. He's also second in the NL with 182.1 innings pitched, a third of an inning behind Adam Wainwright. Stock: Steady
This week's fastest riser: Matt Carpenter, Cardinals
Carpenter had multiple hits in five of the Cardinals' six games this week, including four doubles. That performance was enough to raise his FanGraphs WAR (fWAR) from 4.1 to 4.6. He's still on the outside looking into the MVP conversation, but he's moved into my top ten.
Look out below: Buster Posey, Giants
Posey had a single hit in five games this week, a single against the Nationals last night. He's hitting .167/.263/.197 over his last 20 appearances and the Giants are 6-14 in those games.
Lurking just outside the picture: Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks; Adam Wainwright, Cardinals; Joey Votto, Reds
On the next tier: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies; Yadier Molina, Cardinals, Starling Marte, Pirates
Pitchers whose chances I'm not taking seriously: Matt Harvey, Mets; Jhoulys Chacin, Rockies; Jose Fernandez, Marlins