Our latest Players Of The Week have dropped in Major League Baseball with the Chicago Cubs third baseman Patrick Wisdom and Baltimore Orioles outfielder/designated hitter Ryan Mountcastle given the honours for the National and American League’s respectively.
Mountcastle Rips The Cover Off The Baseball
With the Orioles currently sitting last in the A.L. East 16.5 games back of the division leading Tampa Bay Rays, Mountcastle and previous Orioles Player of the Week winner John Means offer some hope for The O’s with Mountcastle looking better as a potential trade chip.
The Orioles went on a 6-22 run that included 14 consecutive losses to finish May. Sure the trade deadline is July 30th, but Mountcastle is an attractive piece for teams who may need him.
This past week he went hit safely in all six games he played last week and went 11-for-24 (.458) with four homers, three doubles, 10 RBIs and a 1.563 OPS.
Left-hander John Means previously won Player Of The Week honours after throwing a no-hitter against the Seattle Mariners on May 5.
Cubs See The Wisdom In Triple A Callup
Called up from Triple-A Iowa on May 25, the 29-year-old Wisdom has put together a historic start in his time so far in Chicago. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Wisdom is one of three players, along with Trevor Story (2016 for the Rockies) and Aristides Aquino (2019 for the Reds), who have hit as many as seven homers within their first eight starts with a team.
Six of Wisdom’s dingers came within the past week, a span in which he went 10-for-23 (.435) with a 1.719 OPS. He went deep twice last Monday against the Padres and repeated the feat with two homers Sunday against the Giants.
Wisdom is the second Cubs player to win the NL Player of the Week Award this season joining Kris Bryant.