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Vlad Jr., Thor named Players of the Week

@mattkellyMLB
August 5, 2019

Major League Baseball named Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason, on Monday. • Past winners: AL | NL The 20-year-old Guerrero is settling in at the plate, slashing .500/.536/.962 with

Major League Baseball named Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard as the American League and National League Players of the Week, presented by W.B. Mason, on Monday.

• Past winners: AL | NL

The 20-year-old Guerrero is settling in at the plate, slashing .500/.536/.962 with three homers, three doubles and 11 RBIs across six games dating back to Monday. That included a two-homer game Thursday in Baltimore, when he also added a double as part of a four-RBI day. Guerrero’s banner week raised his season line to .279/.352/.468, good for a league-adjusted 118 OPS+ (meaning he’s hitting 18% better than the average Major Leaguer). This is Guerrero’s second AL Player of the Week Award (he also won for the week of May 13-19), making him the first Blue Jays player to win the award twice in one season since Josh Donaldson in 2015.

Syndergaard tuned out numerous trade rumors to put up his best tandem of back-to-back outings in 2019. The right-hander struck out 11 White Sox hitters and walked just one Tuesday, permitting one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings in Chicago. He followed up with another gem Sunday, holding the Pirates to a run on three hits (while recording two hits of his own at the plate) to lower his season ERA below 4.00 for the first time this year. Syndergaard’s ERA stands at 2.45 over his last six starts as he’s held opposing hitters to a .634 OPS. This is also Syndergaard’s second NL Player of the Week award; he picked up his first after memorably pitching a shutout and homering for the Mets’ only run in a 1-0 win against the Reds on May 2.

Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB.