Francisco Lindor is maintaining his elite level of consistency, and A.J. Pollock continues to generate early MVP hype. For their efforts, Lindor and Pollock on Monday were respectively named the American League and National League Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.
It's the first time Lindor has been recognized, and the fourth for Pollock.
Lindor clubbed four homers and notched 10 RBIs while hitting .425/.439/.825 last week for an Indians club that went 3-5. Cleveland still maintains a two-game lead in the AL Central over Minnesota, at 17-17.
Pollock, the D-backs' star center fielder, hit .423 with an NL-high 1.000 slugging percentage last week, thanks in part to his four homers, which brought his season total to 10, a team high. Pollock also propelled the D-backs to a 3-1 win over the Astros on Sunday with a one-out triple off Justin Verlander that he scored on due to obstruction by third baseman Alex Bregman.
Pollock, who is a free agent at season's end, leads the NL in slugging percentage (.669) and OPS (1.032) and is tied for first in RBIs (29), while hitting .306. Twenty-two of his 38 hits have gone for extra bases. For a club loaded with talent, Pollock -- who has missed significant time due to injuries each of the past two seasons -- has been the D-backs' catalyst thus far. He's healthy, producing in his new cleanup role and relishing the opportunity with first-place Arizona, which entered Monday with a 3 1/2-game lead for first place in the NL West. Last week, Pollock was named the NL Player of the Month for April.