A.J. Pollock continued his strong season and was recognized for his efforts after a terrific week at the dish for the Arizona Diamondbacks when Pollock was named the National League Player of the Week.
Pollock won the award twice during the 2014 season, but this is just his first honor during the 2015 season thus far. Pollock hit .483 last week, while also scoring a league-high eight runs.
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Pollock is playing absolutely incredible baseball and is one of the main reasons that the Diamondbacks currently lead the National League in runs scored. Pollock leads all Major League Baseball players in runs this season with 89.
Pollock has hit 13 home runs on the season to go with a .325 batting average. Pollock has doubled 31 times and has stolen 33 bases (only caught stealing six times) and is the only player in the MLB to have at least 30 in each the double and stolen base categories.
Additionally, Pollock currently sits in third place in the MLB in hits (152). He is just two hits behind the MLB leader Dee Gordon and one hit behind Ian Kinsler.
Pollock has the Diamondbacks within striking distance in the National League West as they are just 5.5 games behind the NL West leading Los Angeles Dodgers with 38 games remaining. Arizona is also just 4.5 games behind the second place San Francisco Giants.
Arizona has seven games remaining against the Dodgers with a three-game home series from September 11 through September 13 and a four-game road series from September 21 through September 24.
The Diamondbacks have six games left against the defending World Series champion Giants with a three-game home set from September 7 through September 9 and a three-game road series from September 18 through September 20.
With 13 of 16 games ranging from September 7-September 24 against the Dodgers and Giants, the Diamondbacks are definitely hitting their stride at the right time. Outside of the face of the franchise, Paul Goldschmidt, Pollock may be the next guy in line responsible for the Diamondbacks success as of late.