Seager, Riley take home Player of the Week honors
Rangers shortstop Corey Seager and Braves third baseman Austin Riley delivered some clutch hits last week. On Monday, they were named Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet.
Seager batted .500 (11-for-22) with a 1.601 OPS during the week. He recorded an AL-best four homers and tallied multiple hits in five of his six games. He also struck out only once, his lone strikeout in his previous 36 at-bats, dating back to June 29.
Seager's most crucial hit came on Friday, when he launched a tie-breaking, three-run home run in the Rangers’ victory over the Twins. He went deep in three consecutive games entering Monday. His 19 home runs are the most by a Texas shortstop before the All-Star Game since Alex Rodriguez in 2003.
This is the second time Seager has received Player of the Week honors; the first time came in 2019 with the Dodgers. He is also the first Ranger to earn this recognition since Adolis García did so the week of April 24, 2021.
Riley became the first Brave this year to claim this honor after hitting .448 (13-for-29) with three doubles, three home runs and a 1.346 OPS. His eight RBIs were tied for the most by an NL player, and his .862 slugging percentage was third best on the Senior Circuit.
Riley delivered multiple hits in five games to help the Braves go 6-1 during the week, pulling them to within 1 1/2 games of the Mets for the NL East lead. The 25-year-old went deep in each of the final two games of the Braves’ weekend sweep of the Nationals, and he capped the home series with a walk-off single in extra innings as part of a three-hit, three-RBI afternoon.
RIley has been on fire this month, slashing .463/.511/.951 with 10 extra-base hits, 10 runs and 13 RBIs across 10 July games. This is the second time in his career he has been named Player of the Week.