Boston Red Sox

BOSTON, MA - JULY 25: Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox smiles as he watches his RBI double during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on July 25, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)

 

Kiké Hernandez proved to be a hero time and time again for the Red Sox last week, especially in their series against the Yankees. It was a performance that drew league-wide recognition, as Hernandez was named American League Player of the Week on Monday.

Hernandez had at least one hit in all six games he played last week last week. He totaled 10 hits with a .400 batting average, featuring three home runs, nine RBIs, and eight runs scored. The Red Sox won five of those six games.

At one point, Hernandez had 10 straight extra base hits, two shy of the team record. He also drove in the game-tying run against the Yankees on Friday, then scored the go-ahead run in Sunday’s comeback win.

The last week was the extension of a hot streak from Hernandez, who has recovered from an ice cold start to the season. Over the last month (since June 25), Hernandez is hitting .295 with eight home runs and 19 RBIs. In that 23-game stretch, he’s walked 14 times and struck out just 12. In the previous 61 games to start the season, he hit just .225 with 59 strikeouts and 17 walks.

This is the first time Hernandez has won Player of the Week honors in his career. He’s the second member of the Red Sox to do so this season, following J.D. Martinez in early April.

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