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Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte named NL Player of the Week

Ketel Marte #4 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates in the dugout after hitting a three-run home run in the fifth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 6, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman and outfielder Ketel Marte has been a big part of the team’s season, especially their effort to get back into a playoff spot as September rolls along.

For his late-season performance in the first week of September, Marte was awarded the National League Player of the Week Award on Monday.

Over the last week from Sept. 2 to Sept. 8, Marte hit .542 with a 1.785 OPS and 14 RBIs, all three of which led MLB for that span. He also had four home runs.

Marte is hitting .330 this season with 32 home runs and 91 RBI. His average ranks second in the NL behind Anthony Rendon (.337) entering Monday, while his 178 hits are the most in the NL by a margin of 11. He ranks fourth in OPS .989 behind Rendon, Cody Bellinger and Christian Yelich, the only three players in the NL with an OPS above 1.000.

Marte also ranks second in the NL in triples with nine, one behind the league leader: his own teammate, Eduardo Escobar.

The D-backs enter Monday just 1.5 games back of the second NL Wild Card spot, which is currently occupied by the Chicago Cubs. The D-backs were set to begin a four-game series against the New York Mets before coming back home to play the Reds for three games.

The Rays’ Austin Meadows won the award in the American League.

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