Ethier on a tear, wins second weekly honor
Outfielder has thrived in July throughout his young career
ST. LOUIS -- It's usually Manny Ramirez who dominates the Dodger-related headlines. But after a stellar showing at the plate last week, his partner on the other side of the outfield is the talk on Monday.
That's when right fielder Andre Ethier, who led the Major Leagues in batting average, slugging percentage and on-base percentage during the last seven days, was named National League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America.
In six games last week, Ethier batted .545 (12-for-22) with two home runs, six RBIs and 23 total bases. On top of that, the 27-year-old contributed a 1.045 slugging percentage and a .630 on-base percentage and ranked second in the NL with eight runs scored and five doubles.
Ethier, one of 12 Major Leaguers to have at least 20 home runs and 20 doubles, leads the first-place Dodgers in home runs (20) and RBIs (62). The lefty-hitting slugger, who won the award for the second time this season and third time in his four-year career, is riding a seven-game hitting streak during which he is batting .577 (15-for-26).
Los Angeles (62-36) went 4-2 last week, and despite dropping two of three to the Marlins, still leads the NL West by eight games.
The Dodgers currently lead the NL in batting average and are third in runs scored. And a lot of that has to do with the three-four combo of Ramirez and Ethier, which has become a fearsome duo.
"It's pretty good," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said last week. "Andre [is] hitting the home run out of the four-hole, which is good because he's been fighting himself when he's been hitting in the middle of the lineup."
Since making the big leagues in May of 2006, Ethier is batting .330 with 16 homers and 56 RBIs in 66 games during July, which makes the month his best in all three categories. The Arizona native's next-highest batting average in any month is a .305 mark in September.
Other nominees from last week include D-backs shortstop Stephen Drew (.500 batting average and 10 runs scored), Braves starter Jair Jurrjens (1-0 with a 1.17 ERA and nine strikeouts), Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez (.381 batting average, two home runs and seven RBIs), Reds first baseman Joey Votto (.391 batting average, three home runs and five RBIs), Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa (2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 13 strikeouts), Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 10 strikeouts), Astros outfielder Carlos Lee (.333 batting average and 10 RBIs), Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun (.385 batting average, three home runs and eight RBIs), Mets starter Livan Hernandez (2-0 with 10 strikeouts), Phillies center fielder Shane Victorino (.484 batting average and eight runs scored), Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones (.464 batting average, three home runs and six RBIs), Cardinals utility man Mark DeRosa (.385 batting average, four home runs and six RBIs), Giants starter Barry Zito (1-0 with a 1.29 ERA and six strikeouts) and Nationals starter John Lannan (1-0 with a 0.53 ERA).