No Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week this season has been as productive as Nolan Arenado. The Colorado Rockies third baseman hit seven home runs this past week – the most by any Scout Hot Sheet POW this year – and driven in 14 runs – again, the best this season when it comes to SHSPOW’s. Those numbers also paced the big leagues.
Think on this: Of Arenado’s 9 hits in six games this past week, 7 have left the yard. One more went for a double. Yes, he only hit .333, but he’s also hit safely in 15 straight games coming into Monday against the Oakland Athletics, going 22-for-54 (.407) over that span.
Arenado also drove in at least one run in each of his last seven games, tallying three RBIs on two home runs in Sunday’s series finale against the San Francisco Giants. It was Arenado’s second two-home game during the three-game set by the Bay, as he drove in a total of eight runs against the defending World Series champs, with four dingers at AT&T Park.
The 2009 second-round pick also battered the Arizona Diamondbacks, crushing three longballs and driving in six runs during the three-game set at Coors Field.
Over the past seven days, Arenado has raised his batting average from .284 to .293, collecting a league-best 31 total bases, while also pacing both circuits in slugging (1.348), OPS (1.788) and extra-base hits (8). His slugging percentage was a full .306 ahead of second-place Curtis Granderson.