CINCINNATI — A week after being denied a deserved first all-star nod, Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon was named the National League player of the week Monday.
It was an abbreviated week — only Friday’s, Saturday’s and Sunday’s games were taken into account because of the all-star break — but Rendon’s numbers were stout. The 27-year-old slashed .636/.714/1.545 with three home runs, a double, nine RBI and three walks in the Nationals’ three wins over the Reds. (Washington completed the sweep Monday with a 6-1 rout.)
He hit two home runs Saturday, going 3 for 3 with six RBI and two walks. It was his third multi-homer game of the season and the second time he’s compiled at least six RBI in a game this season. He’s the only player to do that more than once. For the season, Rendon is batting .318 with 19 home runs and a 1.012 OPS while playing an elite third base. His 4.8 wins above replacement (via FanGraphs) ranks second in baseball behind Aaron Judge.
Rendon is the third National to earn player of the week, joining Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman. The Dodgers are the only other team in the majors with three different winners.