Anthony Rizzo has had an incredible week, and MLB took notice, giving him the nod as their National League Player of the Week.
This will be Rizzo’s third time winning the award, and this week he certainly deserved it. For starters, he hit .429/1.000/.500 this week, scoring seven runs, and had nine hits, three doubles, three home runs, six RBIs, and four walks. Talk about a one-man wrecking crew.
The Cubs used Rizzo’s red hot bat to help themselves to winning six out of the seven games they played this week, and in the sole loss — a 2-1 defeat at the hands if the Tigers — Rizzo’s home run was the only offense provided by the team. He hit another home run the next day against the Tigers, and this time his team rallied behind him for an 8-2 victory.
As the Cubs went on to sweep the Cincinnati Reds over four games at Wrigley, Rizzo was in the mix every singly time. He homered in his third straight game on Thursday against the Reds, and had four multi-hit games out of the six played last week.
Since the All-Star break, Rizzo is hitting .350 (50-for-143) and has nine home runs and 25 RBI.
Rizzo is the second Cubs player this season to win Player of the Week acknowledgement, as Javier Baez got the award the week of July 1.