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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks Kole Calhoun, New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu Named Players Of The Week

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks Kole Calhoun, New York Yankees DJ LeMahieu Named Players Of The Week

2020-09-22 09:08:42


-MLB release posted by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: New York Yankees infielder DJ LeMahieu. (Image Source: Andy Marlin / USA Today)​

Outfielder Kole Calhoun of the Arizona Diamondbacks has been chosen the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and All-Star infielder DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Calhoun earned his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the first D-backs winner since his All-Star teammate Ketel Marte for the period ending September 8, 2019. LeMahieu claimed his second career weekly award, previously accomplishing the feat last season on July 1st, and is the second Yankees winner this season, joining his All-Star teammate Aaron Judge (August 3rd).

Kole Calhoun, Arizona Diamondbacks (@kolecalhoun56)

• Batted .458 (11-for-24) with seven runs scored, a double, six home runs, 12 RBI, one stolen base and a 1.250 slugging percentage over six games played.
• Enters play today in the midst of a six-game hitting streak, including four multi-hit efforts and a pair of two-homer games (Tuesday & Friday).
• Tallied at least one extra-base hit in five straight games from Tuesday-Saturday, the longest such streak by a D-backs hitter since Nick Ahmed notched a five-game streak from July 29 – August 4, 2018.
• According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Calhoun’s six home runs across five games matched the franchise record shared by Reggie Sanders (April 2001), Jason Kubel (July 2012) and J.D. Martinez (September 2017).
• Established a career high with five RBI and matched his personal best with two home runs in Tuesday’s tilt against the Los Angeles Angels. His first round-tripper was the 150th of his nine-year career.

DJ LeMahieu, New York Yankees (@djlemahieu)

• Posted a slash line of .423/.516/1.038 with nine runs scored, 11 hits, four doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI and five walks across six games.
• Recorded a season-best 12-game hitting streak from September 7th-19th, delivering 19 hits, 17 runs, 12 extra-base hits and 12 RBI to lead the Yankees to 10 victories.
• On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, DJ recorded three runs, two doubles, a home run and five RBI. • Along with Luke Voit, the duo became just the second in Major League history to each record at least five RBI in a single game from the first and second spots in the batting order, joining Ronald Acuña Jr. and Freddie Freeman of the Atlanta Braves, who accomplished the feat earlier this season on September 9th against the Miami Marlins.
• Homered in three straight games from Tuesday-Thursday for the first time in his career, including a multi-homer game on Wednesday. The two-homer performance was his second of the season (also September 1st).
• LeMahieu, who is currently pacing the AL in batting average (.361), is attempting to become the Yankees’ first batting champion since Bernie Williams in 1998, and the second in MLB history to win the title in both leagues, joining Hall of Famer Ed Delahanty.

Other noteworthy NL performances for the week included starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet (1-0, 1.38 ERA, 13.0 IP, 21 SO) of the San Diego Padres; starter Corbin Burnes (1-0, 0.84 ERA, 10.2 IP, 19 SO) and first baseman Daniel Vogelbach (.471, 6 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Milwaukee Brewers; starter Antonio Senzatela (2-0, 1.17 ERA, 15.1 IP, 1 CG) of the Colorado Rockies; backstop Travis d’Arnaud (.435, 10 H, 2 HR, 5 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; and starters Pablo López (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 13 SO, 3 BB) and Sandy Alcantara (1-1, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 9 SO) of the Miami Marlins.

Other noteworthy AL performances last week included All-Star third baseman José Ramírez (.423, 11 H, 4 HR, 10 RBI) of the Cleveland Indians; starting pitcher Kyle Gibson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 CG SHO, 9 SO) of the Texas Rangers; All-Star backstop Salvador Perez (.500, 3 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; starter Tanner Houck (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 11 SO) of the Boston Red Sox after his first two Major League appearances; and the aforementioned Voit (.385, 7 R, 5 HR, 12 RBI).


Home Run-Robbing Catch by Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners

September 14th vs. OAK – Watch It Here

Rookie outfielder Kyle Lewis of the Seattle Mariners earned his first career Play of the Week honor, and is Seattle’s first winner since the award was introduced in 2019. With two outs in the top of the first inning during last Monday’s tilt against the Oakland Athletics, Lewis ranged to deep left-center field before making a perfect leaping grab to rob a grand slam. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Marcell Ozuna’s home-run robbing catch; Myles Straw’s diving catch in left-center field after traveling 73 feet; Alec Mills’ between-the-legs snag to start a double play; David Peralta’s diving catch in left-center field; and Trevor Story’s diving stop and flip to start a double play.



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