Colorado's Ian Stewart abandoned his normal on-field travels last week to make himself at home in the Rockies' infield, and he has also made himself at home as the National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending June 7.
In games through Sunday, Stewart, the versatile reserve who has also seen considerable action this season in the outfield, led the league virtually across the board in key offensive departments: homers (four), RBIs (12), hits (12), runs (nine), total bases (27) and slugging percentage (1.080).
Overall, Stewart went 12-for-25 (.480), with an on-base percentage of .500. He strung together five straight multi-hit games, which included a trio of three-run homers.
It was a compelling week for a normally overlooked role player, enough to give him the nod over San Francisco left-hander Randy Johnson and his feat of becoming the 24th pitcher in Major League history to record 300 wins.
Stewart, who struggled for much of May, has stepped ahead of Garrett Atkins at third base, although Atkins has shown some signs he'll break out of his season-long slump.
"It seems like everybody is in a pretty good place right now," Stewart said. "Me and Atkins were the two guys that had been struggling the most the last month or so, but we were always rooting for each other.
"I'm happy when he does well and I'm sure he's happy for me now that I'm doing well."
Other award nominees for the week were Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew (.417); Cincinnati's Laynce Nix (.321, 3 homers, 8 RBIs); Florida's Dan Uggla (.333, 2 HR); Carlos Lee (.407, 2 HR, 7 RBI) of the Astros; the Dodgers' Andre Ethier (.370, 3 HR, 5 RBI, two walk-off hits); Mets third baseman David Wright (.450); rookie left-hander Antonio Bastardo (2-0, 2.45 ERA) of the Phillies; Pittsburgh closer Matt Capps (three saves, 0.00 ERA); and the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter and Washington's John Lannan, who both pitched complete-game wins.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.