Lindor Named American League’s Player of the Week
Bob Toth | On 07, May 2018
The Cleveland Indians may have struggled to find the win column last week, going 3-5 against Texas, Toronto, and New York, but it was not due to the efforts of Francisco Lindor at the plate.
For his power-packed week of work for the Tribe, Lindor was named on Monday as the American League’s Player of the Week for games played between April 30 and May 6.
Somewhat surprisingly, it marked the first time that Lindor has taken home the weekly honor during his Major League career. He won a pair of Player of the Week awards in 2013 and 2015 while in the minors, and he was the AL’s Rookie of the Month in September of 2015.
Lindor appeared in all eight games played by the Indians last week (due to Thursday’s doubleheader with Toronto) and hit in all of them, extending his hitting streak to nine straight games. He started the week with six straight multi-hit efforts.
He went 8-for-16 (.500) in the series with the Texas Rangers. He had three singles and an RBI in the opener, added a single and a double to open May, and he closed out the series with three hits, three runs scored, and a solo homer.
He played both games of the doubleheader with Toronto on May 3, logging 20 innings of work at short and going 5-for-12 (.417) at the plate. He hit a pair of homers, added a single, and drove in four in the 13-11 loss in the first game, then followed it with a single, a double, and two runs batted in during the nightcap.
Lindor concluded the week by going 4-for-12 (.333) against the Yankees in New York. He had a single and double in the opener on Friday, but struck out three times. He hit a solo homer and drew his only walk of the week in Saturday’s loss, and added another double and run batted in during the series finale on Sunday afternoon.
For the week, he put up a .425/.439/.825 line at the plate with 17 hits and eleven runs scored. He hit four doubles and four homers and drove in ten runs over 41 plate appearances.
Lindor is the first Indians player to win the award since Corey Kluber took home the honor last September 18 (for games played from September 11-17). He is the first position player to be named the Player of the Week since Jose Ramirez won two weeks prior to Kluber’s win for games played from August 28 to September 3.
Arizona’s A.J. Pollock was named the National League’s Player of the Week after hitting .423 with four homers. It was his fourth Player of the Week award of his career and followed his National League Player of the Month award won in April.
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