If Astros’ versatile infielder Yuli Gurriel isn’t awarded the MLB Player of the Week, then I sure don’t know what else it takes to win it.
To say that Yuli Gurriel is having good week behind the plate for the Astros would be a huge understatement. He is having the type of week any professional ballplayer dreams about. A week that he’ll never forget.
He has actually been playing at an unbelievable level for the past two weeks. It all started when Gurriel hit a home run and went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a blowout win over the Yankees. If you’ll remember, that was the game that snapped that seven-game losing streak. Gurriel then followed that up with a 2-for-3 night and another homer in the Astros next game.
Gurriel has now hit in eleven straight games and has knocked nine home runs over that span. He hasn’t been short in the heroic department either. In back-to-back games against the Seattle Mariners, Gurriel had the walk-off hits for the wins, in the 10th inning of both games no less.
Since that game back on June 23, he has had a slash line of .390/.419/1.049 and a 1.467 OPS. In those ten games, Gurriel has hit 8 HRs, 10 Rs, and 14 RBIs. If you think that’s impressive, take a look at this past week.
Gurriel has played in five games in the last seven days and has batted .428, knocked six home runs, amassed 13 RBIs, and scored eight runs. Once again, showing his flair for the dramatics, one of those homers was a grand slam to tie the game up at 8-8 in today’s wild game against the Angels.
Houston ended up winning the game 11-10 in the bottom tenth, and Gurriel was instrumental going 2-for-4, with 2 BBs, 4 RBIs, 3 Runs, and the aforementioned grand slam. It almost seems a shame that the Astros are going into the All-Star break, you hate to see someone this hot have to shut it down for a few days. Hopefully, he can pick it right back up again.