Miami Marlins outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton have been named the National League Co-Players of the Week for the period ending September 24th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Ozuna posted a slash line of .500/.615/1.000 with six runs scored, 10 hits, a double, three home runs and seven RBI over six games played to claim his second career Player of the Week Award, and second of the 2017 season (also April 16th). Among NL leaders, Ozuna finished the period first in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage; tied for first in hits; second in total bases (20); tied for second in runs scored and walks (6); and tied for third in home runs. On Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field, Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a pair of home runs, three RBI and three runs scored, marking his fourth multi-homer effort on the season, and the fifth of his career. The two-homer output was the 16th multi-homer game by a Marlins hitter this season, the second-most of any campaign in franchise history, along with the 2008 (17). Entering play today, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native has notched 29 doubles, 36 home runs and 118 RBI during his breakout campaign. Across all of Baseball, only All-Star Paul Goldschmidt (34 2B, 36 HR, 120 RBI) of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Marcell’s co-winner Stanton (30, 57, 126) have reached those numbers this season.
Stanton slashed .348/.484/.783 with six runs scored, eight hits, a double, three home runs and 13 RBI over six games played en route to claiming his seventh career NL Player of the Week Award, and third of the 2017 season, last winning for the period ending August 27th. The four-time All-Star is the second player in the Majors this season to claim three weekly honors, trailing J.D. Martinez of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who has earned four weekly awards. Among his NL counterparts, Giancarlo finished the week first in RBI and walks (7); tied for second in runs scored; tied for third in total bases (18); sixth in slugging percentage; and seventh in on-base percentage. In Saturday night’s away tilt against the D-backs, the 2016 T-Mobile Home Run Derby Champion went 3-for-6 with his 30th double and 57th home run of the season. With his two-run double, the Panorama City, California native established a new franchise record for RBI in a single season, finishing the contest with 125 on the year. In addition, Stanton became the first National Leaguer with at least 30 doubles, 50 home runs and 125 RBI in a single season since Barry Bonds (32 2B, 73 HR, 137 RBI), Luis Gonzalez (36, 57, 142) and Sammy Sosa (34, 64, 160) each accomplished the feat in 2001.