Braves’ Matt Olson named NL Player of the Week

October 2, 2022 Atlanta - Atlanta Braves' first baseman Matt Olson (28) hits a solo home run in the 6th inning at Truist Park on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

Credit: HYOSUB SHIN / AJC

October 2, 2022 Atlanta - Atlanta Braves' first baseman Matt Olson (28) hits a solo home run in the 6th inning at Truist Park on Sunday, October 2, 2022. (Hyosub Shin / Hyosub.Shin@ajc.com)

Matt Olson slumped for most of September, but ended the month with a personal accolade.

Olson, the Braves’ first baseman, was named National League Player of the Week for the final week of the regular season. During his award-winning week, he helped the Braves chase down and pass the Mets for the franchise’s fifth consecutive National League East title and 22nd overall division title.

Over nine games in the final week-plus of the season, Olson batted .375 (12-for-32) with one double, six home runs and 11 RBIs. He scored nine runs, walked five times and posted a .969 slugging percentage during that span.

His most crucial contributions came during a weekend sweep of the Mets, which the Braves used to take control of the division. Olson homered in all three games that series, helping lead the Braves’ offense. Overall, Olson homered in four consecutive games for the Braves.

In his first season with the Braves, for whom he grew up rooting, Olson blasted 34 home runs. He has reached the 30-homer mark three times since 2019, and is one of only six players in the majors to do so.

Olson finished the season tied for fourth in the NL with 103 RBIs and tied for second with 78 extra-base hits.

Olson and the Braves begin the postseason Tuesday at Truist Park in Game 1 of their Division Series. The Braves will host the winner of the best-of-three wild-card series between the Phillies and Cardinals.

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