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Kole Calhoun wins NL Player of the Week

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Kole clearly enjoyed his time facing the AL West again.

Arizona Diamondbacks v Houston Astros Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

Can’t really argue with the choice here. Kole Calhoun had a monster week on the road for the D-backs, as he returned to his old stomping ground to face the Angels, and then on into Houston. He hit .458 with six home-runs, 12 RBI and an OPS of 1.750. Nobody else in the league hit more than three homers or ten RBI last week, and Calhoun’s OPS was almost two hundred points better than anyone else with a meaningful number of at-bats. [Daniel Vogelbach of the Brewers reached 1.559]. Kole is the first Diamondback to win the award this year. Three did so last season: Eduardo Escobar, Nick Ahmed and most recently, Ketel Marte was the winner, from September 2-8, 2019.

Calhoun, who signed for the Diamondbacks as a free-agent in the winter, leads the team in home-runs, and it’s not even close. He has hit 15 on the year: next is Christian Walker, all the way back on six. I wonder how often a team leader has 2.5 times the homers hit by the next guy? Probably the single moment I enjoyed most was seeing him take Zack Greinke deep for a three-run homer in Houston (above). But there were quite a few other Calhighlights from the week in question. Below, created using the spiffy new video reel tool from (and hence, in reverse chronological order - I’m still figuring that out!), are his other five home-runs.