CARLOS RUIZ entered the fourth week of the 2014 season hitting .204 without an RBI in 14 games. A week later, the Phillies catcher has been honored as the National League's Player of the Week.
In the six games he started in Los Angeles and Arizona, Ruiz hit .500 (11-for-22) with a .593 OBP. Both numbers led all of baseball for the week.
Ruiz began the week by going 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles and four RBI in a 7-0 win over the Dodgers last Monday. He ended it by knocking in one run and scoring another in the eighth inning of a 6-5, come-from-behind win in Arizona on Saturday.
Ruiz led the NL with seven RBI last week; his 20 total bases were tied for the league lead. He ranked second in runs scored (eight), and slugging percentage (.909); his 11 hits were tied for second in the NL.
In his six-game span, he raised his batting average from .204 to .296 and his OPS from .613 to .891.
"He's a quality hitter," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Ruiz' breakout heading into the weekend. "That was right on time for him."