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RealSport Hitter of the Week: Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies stars slug it out

If you're a baseball, you don't want to run into these guys in a dark alley.


If you like hitting, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve decided on the best hitter of the past seven days, but before we get to him (hint hint he’s in the picture), let’s run through some honorable mentions.
 
 
Mookie Betts, OF, Boston Red Sox 
It’s not often a player puts together a week’s worth of statistics in one day, but that’s exactly what Mookie Betts did Sunday afternoon. Betts torched Zack Greinke and the Arizona Diamondbacks, going four for six with three home runs and eight RBIs. That brought his totals for the week to eight hits in 20 at-bats with three home runs and ten RBIs. It certainly wasn’t a balanced week for Betts statistically, even though he did have just one game without a hit (Friday against the D-Backs). Either way, he deserves this recognition. It doesn’t matter when you rack up the numbers as long as you do it at some point, and for Betts, he certainly did that on Sunday.

Adrian Beltre, 3B, Texas Rangers 

Typically, the athletes featured in this article are here because they hit a ton of home runs over a seven-day span. That’s not the case with Beltre, but he must’ve watched Moneyball last weekend, because all he did was get on base. A lot. The Rangers’ third-baseman had an astonishing 14 hits in 27 at-bats over the past week, picking up two homers and eight RBIs in the process. Any time a player has a significant number of ABs and hits better than .500 over the course of a week, he’s a good bet to receive recognition in this article. The man who prefers his head to remain untouched is putting together another productive season despite his advanced age of 37-years-old as he is now hitting .289 with 18 home runs and 73 RBIs in 2016.

Winner: Charlie Blackmon, OF, Colorado Rockies 

Like Mookie Betts, Charlie Blackmon also hit three home runs in one game this past week. However, Blackmon outperformed Betts by a wide margin in the rest of his games. The Rockies outfielder went yard a whopping seven times over the last seven days, accumulating 18 hits in total in 32 at-bats while driving in nine runs. The three-home run game against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday wasn’t his only multi-homer game of the week either, as he went deep twice on Sunday in yet another game against the poor Phils. To put his week in perspective, Blackmon now has 20 home runs on the season, meaning he hit 35 percent of his season total for home runs over the course of just one week. Blackmon is cruising through yet another solid season, now hitting .324 with 20 homers and 59 RBIs. As far as getting recognition for his consistently solid numbers, he’s usually lost in the shuffle with so many great hitters in Colorado, specifically Nolan Arenado and Carlos Gonzalez. But this week Blackmon was the one to shine the brightest.

RealSport Hitter of the Week: Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies stars slug it out

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