Padres OF Seth Smith Named NL Player Of The Week


Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

San Diego, CA- Outfielder Seth Smith was the main catalyst for the Padres offense during their recent successful home stand as he was named National Player of the Week today. Seth Smith is also the first Padres player to win NL Player of the Week since 2012.

The Padres struggled to begin their homestand as they went 2-5 to begin the 10 game homestand before breaking out on to win the final three games to finish at 5-5.

After struggling on offense for the entire first month of the season the Padres had their best offensive outbreak of the season as they took three of four against the Marlins.

Seth Smith led all of Major League baseball with a .500 average. Smith had 14 hits, a homerun, five doubles, three triples and seven RBI’s. Smith also almost became the first Padre to hit for the cycle, as saturday against the Marlins he hit a homerun, triple, double and he fell just a single short of the cycle.

The Padres acquired Seth Smith this off-season in a trade for veteran reliever Luke Gregerson to the Oakland A’s.

Smith has been one of the only Padres who have gotten off to a good start of the season on offense, batting .330 with three homeruns and 14 RBI this season.

The Padres look to continue their winning streak this week as they head to Cincinnati and Colorado. Hopefully the Padres can continue their hot hitting as they historically have always had success on offense in the hitter friendly ballparks in Colorado and Cincinnati.