HOUSTON, TX - Major League Baseball announced this afternoon that Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been named the American League Co-Player of the Week for the week of May 6-12. He will split the honors with Athletics starting pitcher Mike Fiers, who threw a no-hitter on Tuesday. This marks the second-career American League Player of the Week award for Springer.
Last week, Springer hit .519 (14x27) with two doubles, five homers, 10 RBI and a 1.711 OPS (.563 OBP/1.148 SLG) in seven games, six of which were Astros victories. He led all American League players last week in runs scored (10), hits, home runs, batting average and OPS, while ranking second in RBI, OBP and slugging.
Springer hit three leadoff home runs during the week, giving him a Major League-leading five leadoff homers this season and 29 in his career. He capped off the week yesterday vs. TEX, going 5x5 with five runs scored, two home runs and four RBI in the Astros 15-5 win over the Rangers, which gave Houston a four-game sweep over their intrastate rivals. Yesterday, Springer became the first player in Astros franchise history to record five hits and score five runs in the same game.
On the season, Springer has hit .321 (51x159) with nine doubles, 15 home runs, 37 RBI and a 1.060 OPS (.400 OBP/.660 SLG) in 41 games. He currently leads all American League players in runs scored (35), RBI, total bases (105), extra-base hits (24), home runs, slugging and OPS, while ranking tied for first in hits.
This marks Springer’s second career AL Player of the Week award, as he took home that honor for the week of May 29-June 4, 2017. He’s the first Astro to win a weekly award this season.