J.D. Martinez Named AL Player Of The Week Amid Scorching Stretch For Red Sox

by NESN Staff

May 21, 2018

Boston Red Sox fans knew J.D. Martinez could hit. But the left fielder/designated hitter is taking his game to a new level.

Martinez on Monday was named the American League Player of the Week for May 14 through 20, joining the National League winner, San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt.

Here’s Martinez’s stat line over that seven-game span:

Five home runs and eight RBIs in seven games? Not too shabby.

Martinez blasted two of those homers Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, moving past Manny Machado and into a tie with teammate Mookie Betts for the major league lead in long balls with 15.

The 30-year-old slugger also ranks second in Major League Baseball in batting average (.343) and RBIs (41).

Martinez is the first Red Sox player to earn Player of the Week honors this season and the last Boston player to take home the award since Betts earned the honors for the week of July 2, 2017.

His loud bat also has helped the Sox win four of their last five games to help Boston become the first major league team to reach 32 wins.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images
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