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Astros’ Evan Gattis a recent AL Player of the Week

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Evan Gattis on deck 2015 photo By Arturo Pardavila III on Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Designated hitter/catcher Evan Gattis of the sizzling Houston Astros has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending June 17th.

Six-time All-Star Mike Trout (.684, 8 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) also posted a strong week for the Los Angeles Angels. Following a pair of multi-homer outings on Monday and Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners, Trout became the sixth player in team history to record back-to-back multi-homer games, and the first since his All-Star teammate Albert Pujols (July 31-August 1, 2012). Additionally, with 23 round-trippers on the season, the two-time AL MVP is the first player in Club history to log at least 20 homers in seven consecutive seasons. He joins Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle as the only players in AL history to accomplish the feat prior to their age-27 season. Other noteworthy performances last week included Evan’s All-Star teammate Carlos Correa (.360, 8 R, 3 HR, 8 RBI); closer Edwin Díaz (4 SV, 0.00 ERA, 8 SO), first baseman Ryon Healy (.400, 5 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) and starting pitcher Wade LeBlanc (2-0, 1.42 ERA, 12.2 IP, 14 SO) of the Mariners; shortstop Didi Gregorius (.471, 4 R, 4 XBH, 1.118 SLG) of the New York Yankees; and infielder Eduardo Escobar (.435, 10 H, 4 2B, 6 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins.

In recognition of his American League Player of the Week Award, Evan Gattis will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Gattis hit .417 (10-for-24) with six runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI across six games played to earn his first career Player of the Week Award. Among qualified AL leaders, Evan finished the period first in RBI; tied for first in home runs and extra-base hits (6); second in total bases (24); third in slugging percentage (1.000); tied for third in hits; and tied for seventh in batting average and runs scored. This is Houston’s second weekly award of the 2018 season, following his All-Star teammate Justin Verlander, who took home weekly honors for the week ending April 15th.

Gattis began his award-winning week in grand fashion on Tuesday against the Oakland Athletics, batting 2-for-4 with a double, one home run and five RBI to propel Houston to a 6-3 victory. In the following contest on Wednesday, the six-year veteran recorded his second multi-homer game of the season (also May 27th) while plating five runs for the second consecutive game. The slugging backstop became the first player in franchise history to deliver five RBI in consecutive outings, and the first in the Majors since Maikel Franco of the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 (June 22nd-23rd). In addition, Gattis, who was acquired from the Atlanta Braves in 2015, matched the Club record for RBI in consecutive games, joining Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell (July 7-8, 2001) and J.R. Towles (September 20-21, 2007) in Astros lore. On Friday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, Gattis clubbed his second career grand slam in the sixth inning to lead Houston to a 7-3 win. The outing was Evan’s third game during his productive week in which he registered at least four RBI. Led in large part by the Dallas, Texas native, the 2017 World Series Champion Astros enter play today in the midst of a 2018 Major League-best 11-game winning streak.