After an incredible week, Chris Taylor was named the Player of the Week from the National League. Meanwhile on the other side, former Dodger Kiké Hernández was named the American League Player of the Week.
It was a very rough week for the Dodgers, as they lost some heartbreaking games, but that didn’t stop Taylor from having one of the best weeks of his career.
He started the week going 0-for-4 against the Giants, but then really flipped the script to close out the week. Over his next six games, Taylor went 12-for-25 with five home runs and two doubles. He drove in six runs and scored nine runs.
With the injuries to Corey Seager and Gavin Lux, Taylor played shortstop every game and hit leadoff as well. Taylor’s two multi-homer games this past week doubled his previous career total. The first came on Tuesday in LA’s come-from-behind win over the Giants, as Taylor started a rally from 6-1 down with a fifth-inning solo shot and continued it with a two-run homer that made it 6-5 in the sixth inning. He also drew a walk to begin the bottom of the ninth inning, ultimately scoring on Will Smith’s walk-off homer.
Taylor also homered twice on Sunday, hitting one in the first inning to tie the game at one, and then a second in the fifth inning to tie the game at two.
Taylor is the second Dodger to win Player of the Week honors in July, joining his teammate AJ Pollock who won earlier in the month.