Reynolds named NL Player of the Week
D-backs slugger had six homers, 32 total bases last week
Mark Reynolds is having a breakout season, and he's not cooling off as the weather heats up.
The Arizona third baseman continued a sizzling summer by being named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Aug. 9 after collecting at least one RBI in 11 of his last 13 games.
Reynolds beat out his own teammate, Ryan Roberts, along with perennial Player of the Week candidate Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Braves starter Javier Vazquez, Cubs outfielder Kosuke Fukudome, Reds outfielder Wladimir Balentien and others.
In seven games last week, Reynolds hit .448 (13-for-29) with Major League-best totals of six home runs and 32 total bases while also compiling 10 RBIs and a stolen base. Reynolds, a 16th-round selection in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, also posted a 1.103 slugging percentage and a .515 on-base percentage.
That the week came when the D-backs were playing games in New York, Pittsburgh and Washington made it more special for the Virginia Beach, Va., native.
"I just like being out East and being in front of the family and friends and going out to dinner with my parents and brother and uncles and aunts and seeing everybody that I don't get to see that much because we're on the West Coast so much," Reynolds said. "It was just a good road trip for me to have."
The highlight of the week for Reynolds came Aug. 3, when he celebrated his 26th birthday by clubbing a pair of home runs for three RBIs en route to a 6-5 victory over the New York Mets at Citi Field. The multi-homer game was his third of the season and the seventh of his career.
"You can't explain it," Reynolds said. "You just swing the bat and it happens to go out of the yard. I'm not trying to hit home runs."
Reynolds' 36 homers entering play Monday already rank fourth for a single season in Arizona history behind Luis Gonzalez's 57 in 2001, Jay Bell's 38 in 1999 and Troy Glaus' 37 in 2005, and tie him with Pujols for the Major League high.
Reynolds is batting .290 for the season and also leads the D-backs with 20 stolen bases, 75 runs scored and 80 RBIs. This is Reynolds' second career weekly award, both achieved this season. He also won the award for the week concluding June 14.
Also considered were Colorado's Jason Hammel (2-0, 10 strikeouts); Chris Coghlan (.517, 15 hits, five RBIs) of the Marlins; Houston's Jose Valverde (2.70 ERA, three saves, four strikeouts); Ryan Braun (.433, one homer, nine RBIs) of the Brewers; Tim Redding (1.23 ERA, four strikeouts) of the Mets; Philadelphia's Cliff Lee (1-0, 1.29 ERA, nine strikeouts); San Francisco's Pablo Sandoval (.458, five RBIs); and Ryan Zimmerman (.522, four homers, seven RBIs) of the Washington Nationals, who are currently riding an eight-game winning streak.