The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp and a Indians’ Edwin Encarnacion were famous as National League and American League Players of a Week presented by W.B. Mason on Monday, MLB announced.
Kemp is enjoying a bounce-back deteriorate given rejoining a Dodgers in a five-player trade with Atlanta in December. He entered Monday heading a NL’s batting competition (.344), usually forward of Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett (.342).
Last week, Kemp strike .429 (9-for-21) with 3 homers, dual doubles, 8 RBIs and 6 runs scored. The 33-year-old has not usually been a Dodgers’ tip descent performer amid a slew of injuries to their lineup, he’s also quieted concerns over his invulnerability with his play in a outfield. Kemp combined his initial outfield support of a deteriorate Saturday, rising a rocket from left margin to chuck out Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon during home image during Coors Field.
“Self-admittedly, he’s training some things in his 10th year, as distant as coming pitchers, articulate to a hitters and coaches. Matt’s unequivocally growing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pronounced final week. “You see his at-bat quality. He’s always been a man that can expostulate in runs and get a strike and knock a small bit, though to take a walk, stay out of a double play, stay on a slider down and divided and use a whole field, we haven’t seen that consistently, even during his best. There’s a lot of good things going on with Matt.”
Encarnacion punctuated a prolific week with a two-homer, four-RBI display for a Indians in a 7-5 detriment to a Twins in Minneapolis on Sunday. The maestro slugger strike .407 (11-for-27) with 5 home runs, dual doubles, 13 RBIs and 9 runs scored final week.
“I suspicion [Sunday] was one of those days where he puts us on his shoulders and we won,” Cleveland manager Terry Francona said. “Well, we didn’t, and it kills you. But if he starts to feverishness adult like that, like it looks like — boy, that would be tremendous.”
Encarnacion entered Monday batting .246/.317/.517 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 53 games. He’s a second Indians actor to acquire Player of a Week honors in 2018, fasten shortstop Francisco Lindor (twice). Lindor was also named Player of a Month for May.
Chad Thornburg is a contributor for MLB.com formed in Los Angeles.