Matt McLain has been named as the National League Player of the Week. The Cincinnati Reds rookie took home the honors in just his second week of his big league career, and it was one heck or a week, too.
McLain played in seven games across the series at home against the St. Louis Cardinals and then on the road against the Chicago Cubs and had a hit in each game. He also managed to get on base at least twice in every single game.
The 23-year-old infielder went 15-31 with three doubles, two home runs, nine runs scored, and drove in seven. He posted a .484 average to go along with a .543 on-base percentage, and he slugged .774. For those of you who don’t want to do the math, I’ve got your back – that’s an OPS of 1.317 for the week against two divisional opponents. All of that production helped the Reds go 5-2 against the Cardinals and Cubs and climb their way into third place in the National League Central division.
That how week helped push Matt McLain’s line through 12 games to .380/.456/.600 on the year. That will play.
As for the Cincinnati Reds – this is the first time since the 2019 season that a rookie position player in the organization has earned player of the week honors. When that happened it was also a rookie who had almost no playing time in his career up to that point. Aristides Aquino’s hot start in August of 2019 got him the nod back then.