For the second time this season, Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon is our Scout Hot Sheet Player of the Week. The 30-year old outfielder led the Major Leagues in batting average, home runs, hits, runs, slugging, extra-base hits and OPS over the last seven days -- otherwise known as almost all major offensive categories.
His 42 total bases were almost twice as many as the next-closest competitor (Freddie Freeman, with 25), in large part thanks to his seven home runs in seven days.
Freeman has gone 18-for-35 this past week (.563), hitting seven home runs (three in a 10-6 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 12 and two in a 7-6 loss to the Phillies on Sunday), with a staggering 18 hits (four more than his next-closest competition, Adrian Beltre) and nine RBIs -- third-most in the Major Leagues, and first in the National League. Blackmon, this weekend, became the first player since 2004 to hit at least five home runs in a series at Citizen's Bank Ballpark, according to Elias Sports. It also tied the record most home runs in one series for a Rockies player, set by Todd Helton in 1999 against the Montreal Expos.
His seven round-trippers, combined with three doubles, bolstered a 1.313 slugging percentage this week, once again ahead of Freeman, who posted a 1.136 mark. His .600 on-base percentage also paced the National League.
Through 105 games, Blackmon has set a career high with 20 home runs, and is on pace to set six-year highs in RBIs (he currently has 59, more than he's had in any season but 2014), runs (79), average (.324) and OPS (.921). While the Colorado leadoff man isn't set to eclipse his career-high 43 stolen bases from last year, he does have 15 swipes on the season, and has been caught six times.null