Kiké Hernández has been nominated as the American League’s Player of The Week, after notching several clutch hits helping the Red Sox win five of their last seven games.

Hernández has hit .333 (10-for-30) in the past week while blasting three homers, posting an OPS of 1.255, and driving in nine runs while only striking out twice in the 30 at-bats. Two of the right-handed bat’s long balls came in Monday’s 13-4 win over the Blue Jays, while recording another one in Wednesday’s 7-4 win over Toronto.

The utility-man came in clutch Friday night, as he walloped a two-out, two-run double off the Green Monster to tie it up in the ninth and send it to extras where the Red Sox would end up winning 5-4 over the Yankees.

To add to that, he helped the Red Sox in their come-from-behind victory Sunday when he socked an RBI double to bring in Christian Vazquez to cut the deficit to one, before scoring as the go-ahead run and what turned out to be the winning run on a sac fly.

Hernández joins his former teammate, Dodgers’ Chris Taylor, in winning Player Of The Week honors. Taylor was nominated the National League’s Player Of The Week after posting a 1.344 OPS in seven games, three of which were against the first-place Giants.

Enrique, as manager Alex Cora refers to him as, is the second member of the Red Sox this season to be nominated AL Player of The Week — the other was J.D. Martinez in April, where he had a three-homer game to help him win the award.

Hernández’s recent efforts have helped him raise his slash line to .244/.322/.789 after struggling out of the gates, as nine of his 14 homers this season (315 at-bats) have come in his past 30 games (115 at-bats). The Puerto Rican’s wRC+ of 111 is the best mark it’s been at since 2018, while his fWAR of 2.4 this season is on pace to pass his career year’s fWAR of 3.2, which came in 2018.

(Photo of Kiké Hernández/Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

Leave a Reply