Commentary

Next Level Player of the Week

Originally Published: July 12, 2011
By ESPN Stats & Information

1
Megan Rapinoe M

Rapinoe entered the U.S. women's match against Brazil on Sunday in the 55th minute and made her presence felt. Her inch-perfect cross assisted on Abby Wambach's dramatic equalizer, and Rapinoe converted her try in the shootout. Rapinoe was the only American finding success with her crosses. She completed five of her 10 crosses; the rest of team was 0-for-18.

2
Derek Jeter SS

Jeter's home run for hit No. 3,000 came off a 78.3 mph curveball from David Price. Jeter doesn't hit curves out of the park often. (It was just his second home run off a curveball in the past six seasons.) But he entered Saturday with a .333 average off curveballs this season. And although he was just 6-for-25 (.240 batting average) in his career against Price before Saturday, he had been 3-for-5 off Price in at-bats that ended in curveballs.

3
James Shields P

Shields will make his first All-Star appearance after tossing a complete game against the Yankees in which he started 26 of 28 hitters with a first-pitch strike. That's the highest percentage (92.9) by any starter this season and the highest of Shields' career (170 starts).

4
Adam Dunn DH

Forget Dunn's low batting average, at least for one moonshot. The home run Dunn hit Monday against Aaron Crow had the highest apex of any homer this season. Dunn's shot reached 150 feet at its apex -- topping the previous blast of 148 feet by Luke Scott.