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A Show Worth Watching

So the fireworks show is over and you are wondering where else can I see some legal fireworks. You are in luck. Take you and some friends and head down to T- Moble Park and check out the J-Rod Show. Say what ? If you are unaware the J-Rod is the nickname for Mariners rookie outfielder Julio Rodriguez. J-Rod was named the American League Player of the Week. Why you say

The 21 year old Rodriguez batted .360 (9x25) with 7 runs, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs and 6 RBI, getting on base at a .393 clip, slugging .880 with a 1.273 OPS in 7 games during the week. The center fielder led American League players in slugging percentage and total bases (22) during the week, and shared the lead in home runs and extra-base hits (6).

In 81 overall games this season, Rodríguez is batting .275 (84x305) with 47 runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, 15 home runs, 43 RBI, 20 stolen bases and 23 walks, getting on base at a .335 clip, slugging .489 with an .824 OPS. Among qualified AL outfielders this season, Rodríguez ranks 2nd in hits, 3rd in runs, T5th in home runs, T6th in RBI, 1st in stolen bases, 5th in extra-base hits (33), 3rd in total bases (149), 4th in times on base (112), T3rd in bWAR (3.5), 4th in fWAR (2.9) and 5th in wRC+ (140).

Rodríguez was named the AL Rookie of the Month in both May and June, becoming the first Mariners player to win the award multiple times since Ichiro Suzuki was awarded it 4 times during the 2001 campaign.

Yesterday Rodriguez held his own fireworks show during the Mariners 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres. The rookie outfielder hit his 15th home run of the season in his 81st career game, becoming the fastest player in Major League history to reach 15 home runs and 20 stolen bases, surpassing Ellis Burks (82 games) in 1987.

So when can you see the J-Rod show live? This Thursday the Mariners return from the road and start a three game home series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Plenty of tickets are available,