Zobrist named co-NL Player of the Week

Zobrist named co-NL Player of the Week

CHICAGO -- Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't surprised to hear on Monday that second baseman Ben Zobrist was named co-National League Player of the Week.

"I've seen him for a while, and what he did this past week, that's as good as I've ever seen him," Maddon said of Zobrist, who shared the honor with Mets pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Zobrist led the Majors in RBIs last week, with 15 in seven games. He was tied for second among NL hitters with four home runs and eight runs scored while collecting 22 total bases and posting an .880 slugging percentage. He hit .360 on the week and posted a .455 on-base percentage and had at least one RBI in six consecutive games, hitting two home runs and driving in four runs on Friday against the Nationals. He also drove in four runs on Thursday.

"Power, driving in runs, good at-bats -- just watch him bounce around out there, too," Maddon said. "The energy level is really high. This guy takes care of himself. ... Just watch him. Watch him between innings at second base. He's definitely feeling good right now. Part of that is giving him his days off and making sure he's OK. He can play like that all year."

Zobrist credits his teammates with helping him get the honor.

"Everybody up and down the lineup has been having great at-bats, and I think it flows throughout the lineup and it helps every guy produce better individually," Zobrist said.

This is the third career weekly honor for Zobrist and his first as a member of the Cubs. He was twice named American League Player of the Week as a member of the Rays.

The veteran Colon went 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA from May 2-8, and homered on Saturday against the Padres, his first career long ball.

Zobrist did see Colon's homer, which may have helped him share the honor.

"I liked the home run trot even better," Zobrist said.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.