Although it was an abbreviated week of Major League Baseball due to the All-Star break, two players still received some praise for their work over the course of the last several days. Despite the fact that the second half of the 2017 regular season is a mere three days in, Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez and Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon have been selected as the American League and National League Players of the Week, respectively.
With the Tigers most recently taking two of three games from the Toronto Blue Jays, the Nationals strung together a perfect stretch en route to taking all three weekend matchups from the Cincinnati Reds.
The 29-year-old Martinez is currently in the midst of his fourth season as a member of the Tigers after previously spending three go-rounds with the Houston Astros. Already making 56 regular-season appearances for the Tigers thus far into 2017, the veteran slugger is now batting .308 with 16 home runs and 39 RBIs alongside a .389 on-base percentage.
For his big league career, Martinez has produced a .283 batting average with 123 home runs, 411 RBIs and a .340 on-base percentage.
On the other hand, the 27-year-old Rendon has already made 84 appearances for the Nationals thus far into the 2017 regular season, his fifth go-round in our nation’s capital. Over the course of 297 at-bats, he has accumulated a .316 batting average with 19 home runs and 63 RBIs in addition to a .423 on-base percentage.
For his major league tenure, all of which has been spent in Washington, Rendon has notched a .280 batting average with 72 home runs, 291 RBIs and a .355 on-base percentage.