Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday.
During the week, Stanton accumulated six home runs and 11 runs batted in. Stanton's slash line for the week was .333/.379/1.037 which was easily the best in the league. That production lifted Miami to a series sweep of the Wild-Card leading Colorado Rockies over the weekend.
Stanton has been baseball's most powerful hitter in the second half and has been on a historic run as of late. Stanton tied Miami's franchise record for home runs in a season with his 42nd on Sunday. Stanton has now homered in nine of Miami's last ten games.
Stanton's franchise-record home run on Sunday was also the 250th of his career. The outfielder is one of the fastest in baseball to reach 250 homers and has plenty of the 2017 season remaining to add to the total. The 27-year old has a chance to set all kinds of records, as he is just entering the prime of his career.
This isn't the first time Stanton was honored by Major League Baseball for his accomplishments. Stanton has been named Player of the Week four times previously and was also Player of the Month twice.
While Miami's playoff hopes remain slim, Stanton's work has given the team a chance. The Marlins trail the Wild-Card by eight games in the loss column. Miami would need to reach the .500 mark to bring realistic hope to the chase, but is only four games under the mark now.
The Marlins will try and build on the momentum when they host the San Francisco Giants on Monday.