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Justin Upton Rakes Way To National League Player Of The Week

Not a bad little week for Justin Upton. He hits a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to beat the Giants which was his only homer in the week that otherwise included 16 hits in 29 at-bats (.552). The 23-year-old star has increased his OPS to .908 which is good for seventh in the National League. One top-ten list he's not one this year is strikeouts. Upton has a career-low strikeout percentage of 17.8 puts him 30th on that list with 56 on the season.

Another word for Justin besides "NL Player of the Week" should be "All-Star". Here's some nice discussion on that over at AZ Snake Pit.

SnakePitRound Table: Who's the Diamondbacks DH? - AZ Snake Pit
Jim: He certainly should, though there are a great crop of performances in the NL outfield this year. Ryan Braun, Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman probably should start, but I can’t believe Andre Ethier is getting more votes than Matt Kemp, whose OPS is close to 200 points better. Dodger fans must have left the balloting early, around the letter I [hey, it never gets old...] But off the bench, certainly. I imagine MLB would want their official FanFest spokesperson in the game.

Video of Justin talking about his walk-off home run against the Giants on Thursday.


Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks named the National League Player of the Week | MLB.com: Official Info
In seven games last week, Upton led the Majors with 16 hits and a .552 (16-for-29) batting average while ranking second in the N.L. in total bases (23), third in on-base percentage (.563) and tied for third in RBI (seven). The Virginia native ranked fifth in the N.L. with a .563 slugging percentage, and added one home run and four doubles. The first overall pick of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft added four runs scored to his weekly totals and swiped two bases.