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08/01/05 6:55 PM ET
Holliday named NL Player of the Week
By Ben Couch / MLB.com
Other players may have produced similar numbers last week, but none could match the overall production of Rockies outfielder Matt Holliday. Holliday, among the weekly league leaders in seven offensive categories, was named the Bank of America National League Player of the Week on Monday. The Rockies' second-year outfielder beat out players like Atlanta's Jeff Francoeur (.450, three homers, eight RBIs), Cincinnati's Adam Dunn (.280, three homers, nine RBIs) and pitchers Ben Sheets (2-0, 1.69 ERA, 15 strikeouts) of Milwaukee and Andy Pettitte (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 13 strikeouts) of Houston. Manager Clint Hurdle expected this type of success from Holliday. "He's definitely seeing the ball well and he's in a good position to hit right now," Hurdle said. "I think it's a confidence thing with Matt. Last year, he made a pretty big jump and at the same token, there's a learning curve after that because the league starts counterpunching. "When you see a big strong kid like that, the first thing you want to say is, 'Why doesn't he hit more homers?' Well, I continue to say he will. Anything of value takes time. There are no quick fixes in this game." With the way Holliday played during the last week, he's likely to be more of an offensive stalwart for the Rockies than any sort of "quick fix." While Colorado went 3-4, Holliday batted .444 with three home runs. He tied for the league lead in hits (12) and total bases (23). The offensive explosion that propelled Holliday to Player of the Week came July 27-30. In three games, Holliday went 8-for-12. He bashed three home runs, scored four runs and drove in six. Holliday hit two home runs in the same game against the Phillies on July 30, the fourth multihomer game of his young career. He went 0-for-3 Sunday, his only hitless game in seven last week, though he was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Hurdle expects Holliday to make further adjustments and continue to succeed. "Awareness of the league is part of it," Hurdle said. "He's getting pitches to hit and drive, and now he's doing it."
Ben Couch is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.