Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has had a pretty good 2019 season, though he has been slowed at times with a knee injury suffered in San Francisco in July.
Monday, he was named National League Player of the Week. He batted .500 (11-for-22) with eight runs scored, five home runs, 13 RBI, 26 total bases, a stolen base and a 1.182 slugging percentage over six games played. KB also hit his 137th and 138th career home runs Sunday. That established a new Cubs franchise record for the most home runs through the first five years of his career, surpassing Hall of Famer Ernie Banks.
Bryant begins play today with 31 homers on the season. He hit 39 during his 2016 N.L. MVP Award-winning campaign and thus has joined Hall of Famer Ron Santo (1964-67) and Aramis Ramirez (2004-06) as the only third basemen in franchise history to post multiple 30-homer seasons.
It's the first career N.L. Player of the Week Award for Bryant and he is the first Cubs winner this season. Kris’ All-Star teammate Anthony Rizzo was the last Cub to accomplish the feat, doing so for the week ending August 27, 2018.
Congratulations to Kris! Keep it going this week!