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Cubs versatile Javier Baez named recent NL Player of the Week




Javier Baez in field 2016 photo By Arturo Pardavila III from Hoboken, NJ, USA, CC BY 2.0, https

Chicago Cubs infielder Javier Báez has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by W.B. Mason for the period ending July 1st.

In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Javier Báez will be awarded a watch courtesy of Rockwell.

Báez batted .483 (14-for-29) with 10 runs scored, six doubles, two home runs and 11 RBI over seven games played to claim his first career NL Player of the Week Award. Among his NL counterparts, “Javy” finished his strong week first in hits, doubles, extra-base hits (8), total bases (26) and runs scored; tied for first in RBI; second in batting average; fourth in slugging percentage (.897); and tied for fifth in home runs. This is Chicago’s first weekly award of the 2018 season, and the first since Javy’s All-Star teammate Anthony Rizzo for the period ending August 21, 2017.

On Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Báez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, a double, two homers and five RBI to pace the Cubs’ offense. Included in his fourth career multi-homer game was the fourth grand slam of his five-year career. Reaching 16 home runs for his second consecutive season, the 25-year-old became only the second middle infielder in franchise history to reach the mark before the All-Star break, joining Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, who clubbed 24 round-trippers prior to the Midsummer Classic in 1990. In his final game of the week yesterday afternoon against the Minnesota Twins, the ninth overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft delivered three hits with two runs scored, a pair of doubles and two RBI. With the performance, Báez recorded his 21st double of the 2018 campaign, becoming the first Cubs player since Kris Bryant during his MVP-winning 2016 season to log at least 21 doubles in the firt half of a season. In addition, the 2016 NLCS Co-MVP became the first player in franchise history to log at least 21 doubles, six triples and 16 home runs in the first half of a season, as well as the 15th in Major League history. All-Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies was the last to accomplish the feat, doing so during his All-Star 2013 campaign.

Other noteworthy performances last week included Javier’s teammates Ian Happ (.458, 7 R, 11 H, .552 OBP) and Addison Russell (.400, 6 R, 10 H, 11 RBI); infielder Matt Carpenter (.500, 8 R, 5 XBH, 19 TB) of the St. Louis Cardinals; outfielder Gregory Polanco (.474, 5 XBH, 7 RBI, 19 TB) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; first baseman Jesús Aguilar (.421, 4 R, 3 HR, .947 SLG) of the Milwaukee Brewers; starting pitcher Matt Harvey (2-0, 0.73 ERA, 12.1 IP, 8 SO), pitcher Michael Lorenzen (3 G, 4.15 ERA; 2 HR, 5 RBI) and infielder Jose Peraza (.323, 7 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; and starter Tyler Anderson (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Rockies.


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