The new week brought with it a new recognition as MLB Player of the Week with a player from both the American League and the National League being honored for their outstanding performances between August 29 and September 4.
Here at JefeBet we introduce you to the players who earned this recognition, and we also show you the reasons they win after some good performances with their respective teams.
MLB Player of the Week August 29-September 4
MLB Player of the Week: American League – Xander Bogaerts
The Boston Red Sox are having a pretty bad season and their chances of qualifying for the postseason are looking increasingly slim, but if the team can accomplish the feat in these remaining games, Xander Bogaerts will surely have a lot to do with that.
The Red Sox shortstop hit for a .536 average in seven games last week, connecting for two hits in each of the first six games of the week. Overall, the Aruba native finished the week with 31-15 in the batter’s box, 15 hits, 9 RBIs and a home run, including a 5-RBI game against the Twins.
This allows him to continue to lead the American League in batting average, and represents his second career “MLB Player of the Month” recognition, his first since July 2019.
MLB Player of the Week: National League – Zac Gallen
The National League MLB Player of the Week award once again goes to a pitcher after six consecutive weeks in which it was won by a position player, with Zac Gallen being the winner of the award.
Interestingly, the last pitcher to win this award was a teammate of Gallen’s, Merrill Kelly. They are the only D-Backs players with an MLB Player of the Week award this Major League Baseball season.
In two starts during the week, Gallen allowed no runs, and pitched exactly 7.0 innings, allowed 2 hits, issued one walk and struck out seven batters against the Phillies and Brewers. In fact, Zac Gallen has allowed no runs in 41.2 consecutive innings, the eighth-longest streak in MLB since 1920.
This excellent stretch in his season has Gallen with the third-best ERA in the National League (2.42), and if he continues on this path through the end of the regular season he could put his name in the conversation for the NL Cy Young.