The Braves Report: Yunel Escobar Wins NL Player of the Week

jesse pageContributor IJuly 20, 2009

DENVER - JULY 09:  Yunel Escobar #19 of the Atlanta Braves takes an at bat against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action at Coors Field on July 9, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Braves 7-6.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Yunel Escobar has been named NL Player of the Week, edging out fellow teammate Garret Anderson.

Yunel hit .500 (7-14) during the week after the All-Star break with three doubles, two big flies, and eight RBI. This in my mind should be enough to get the young star out of the Braves fans' dog house, although I can't really understand what he's doing there in the first place.

Sure, he makes his fair share of bone-headed plays (what young shortstop doesn't?), but he can also be Ozzie Smith-like with the leather, and he leads the team in RBI with 52.

Escobar becomes the second player on the Braves' roster to win the award this year. (Martin Prado was the other.) This is definitely a good sign for the Braves, who struggled scoring runs in the first half the season, but have come out of the All-Star break pounding the ball.

They outscored the Mets 28 to nine in their four-game series, winning three of four. If the Braves can keep scoring runs and the pitching stays consistent, a long playoff run isn't out of the question.