New York Mets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera has been named National League Player of the Week for August 22nd-28th, 2016. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
In six games last week, Cabrera led the National League with a .545 (12-for-22) batting average, a 1.136 slugging percentage and 25 total bases. The switch-hitting Cabrera also ranked among NL leaders with three home runs (T-3rd), eight RBI (T-6th) and a .583 on-base percentage (2nd).
Cabrera tied a season high (four times) with a three-hit performance to start the week in a 7-4 victory at St. Louis on Tuesday. The 30-year-old veteran posted another multi-hit performance in Thursday's rubber match with the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 10-6 win. Cabrera clubbed a pair of home runs on the way to a 9-4 victory over Philadelphia on Friday for his second multi-homer performance this season (also: 7/1 vs. CHI) and the fifth of his career. The first of his two home runs in the contest was the latter of back-to-back blasts in the first inning. It marked just the second time in franchise history that two Mets hit back-to-back homers to lead off a game (previous: 7/12/07). Cabrera clubbed his 16th home run of the season as part of a three-hit game in a 12-1 win over the Phillies on Saturday. The 16 homers are tied for his second-highest career total, matching his 2012 mark with the Cleveland Indians and behind only his total of 25 in his All-Star 2011 season. This is the third career Player of the Week honor for the two-time All-Star, who has played in parts of 10 Major League seasons with four teams. He was named AL Player of the Week for the week of September 8th-14th, 2008 and April 4th-10th, 2011.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Colorado All-Star Nolan Arenado (.500, 5 R, 12 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 1.000 SLG); Arizona catcher Welington Castillo (.333, 6 H, 10 RBI, .458 OBP); Adrian Gonzalez (.321, 4 R, 9 H, 4 HR, 13 RBI, .750 SLG) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Atlanta's Ender Inciarte (.433, 6 R, 13 H, .500 OBP); versatile Washington rookie Trea Turner (.500, 16 H, 6 R, 4 SB, .500 OBP); Chicago Cubs All-Star Jon Lester (1-0, 0.75 ERA, 14 SO, 12.O IP); and Pittsburgh right-hander Ivan Nova (2-0, 1.20 ERA, 10 SO, 15.0 IP).
Asdrubal Cabrera will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.