Arenado Earns NL Player of the Week Award

Ten days ago, Nolan Arenado was battling a 19 at-bat hitless streak, the longest of his career.

When he finally broke out of the slump he wans't subtle about it.

And on Monday, his offensive revival was recognized, Arenado being named the National League Player of the Week for fifth time in his career.

Arenado hit .379 with a .966 slugging percentage. He scored seven runs with 11 hits, including two doubles and five home runs, and 13 RBI. He is the first Rockies player to win the award this season.

In Friday night’s home game against the Marlins at Coors Field, Arenado batted 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI to lead the Rockies to an 11-3 victory, the fourth consecutive game in which he had at least two hit and a home run.

The three-time NL All-Star, who leads fan vote at third base for the 2018 All-Star Game, Arenado’s streak of four games with a home run is tied for fourth-longest in Rockies history, trailing his own franchise record of six games (September 1-5, 2015) and streaks of five games by Walker (June 18-23, 1999) and Dante Bichette (August 1-5, 1995).  Led by their three-time Silver Slugger Award winner, Colorado won each of their four games during Nolan’s streak.

Outfielder Odúbel Herrera (.444, 8 R, 4 HR, 9 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies also posted a strong week.  On Friday night against the Washington Nationals, the Venezuelan native logged four hits and four runs scored, as well as his fifth home run in as many days.  Herrera became just the sixth player in franchise history to homer in five consecutive contests, joining his teammate Rhys Hoskins (2017), Chase Utley (2008), Bobby Abreu (2005), Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt (1979) and Dick Allen (1969).  The performance concluded a stretch of eight games in which the slugging outfielder recorded six home runs, 17 hits, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI. 

Other noteworthy performances last week included third baseman Anthony Rendon (.444, 7 R, 4 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Nationals, All-Star outfielder José Bautista (.462, 6 R, 4 XBH, 7 RBI) of the New York Mets and All-Star backstop Yadier Molina (.333, 7 R, 5 HR, 7 RBI) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

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