Players of the Week: Ohtani, Schwarber

June 21st, 2021

Shohei Ohtani and Kyle Schwarber have been named MLB’s Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet.

All-time winners: AL | NL

Ohtani's continued stellar two-way performance for the Angels made him the American League Player of the Week, and Schwarber took home National League Player of the Week honors after a huge slugging weekend for the Nationals.

Not only did Ohtani hit six home runs as a batter during the week, he also picked up his third win as a pitcher after throwing six innings of one-run baseball with five strikeouts against the Tigers. 

Ohtani's six homers led the AL for the week, and he now is tied for the Major League lead with 23 on the season. He also picked up his 10th stolen base of the season during the week. As a pitcher, his ERA now stands at 2.70 after 10 starts.

Schwarber also mashed six home runs, leading the NL and equaling Ohtani for the MLB lead for the week. Schwarber led the NL with a 1.077 slugging percentage and tied for the league lead with 11 RBIs.

Five of Schwarber's six homers came in a span of two days against the rival Mets over the weekend. Schwarber homered twice to lead Washington past New York in the second game of their doubleheader Saturday, then put up a three-homer game on Sunday to help the Nats win the series. His five homers in two days tied an MLB record.

This is Ohtani's third career Player of the Week Award but first since his rookie season in 2018. The Angels also had a Player of the Week representative last week, when Max Stassi took home the honor.

It's the first career Player of the Week Award for Schwarber. The most recent Nationals player to win the award was Juan Soto last August.