For the second time in two weeks, the National League Player of the Week resides on the left side of the Colorado Rockies infield. This time, it belongs to Nolan Arenado.
One week after rookie Trevor Story earned his first-ever National League Player of the Week honor following his first-ever week in Major League Baseball, Arenado grabbed the honor for the week ending April 17 in a shared award with Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
In six games, Arenado went .333 (9-for-27) at the plate and was tied for the National League lead with four home runs and 12 RBI. The 2015 National League All-Star paced the National League with 23 total bases for the week and was tied for second in runs scored (seven). His slugging percentage for the week was an impressive .852.
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The highlight of Arenado’s week likely came on Wednesday night when Arenado went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and a career-best seven RBI in a 10-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field. In all, the 25-year-old third baseman had 10 RBI in the three-game series against the Giants — the most by any Rockies hitter in a three-game series against San Francisco since fellow third baseman Garrett Atkins drove in 10 from September 18-20, 2006.
Arenado had yet another outstanding outing at the plate in the series finale against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday. He blasted a pair of solo homers to account for all of Colorado’s runs in a 2-0 decision over the Cubs that gave the Rockies their third series victory in four attempts this season.
Nolan Arenado’s pair of two-homer games of the week gave him seven multi-homer games in his career. They also helped him grab the Major League lead in RBI with 16 heading into Monday night’s series opener at the Cincinnati Reds.
This is Nolan Arenado’s third career weekly honor. He also won the award in the weeks of August 18-24, 2014, and June 22-28, 2015.