Yesterday, Major League Baseball announced that Phils’ catcher Carlos Ruiz was named the National League Player of the Week for last week. Ruiz, during last week, batted 11 for 22 for a .500 average, and a .593 on-base percentage, while he lead the NL with seven RBIs and was tied for first with 20 total bases. He was also ranked second among NL catchers with eight runs scored and a .909 slugging percentage, and was tied for second with eleven hits. He also went five for six with runners in scoring position.
In the Dodgers series, Ruiz would go 7 for 14 with four doubles, a triple, a home run and six RBIs, with his six extra base hits in the four-game series being the most by a Major Leaguer since Jayson Werth had done it, reaching the same total from Sept. 28-31, 2008. He also helped the Phils in their victory over the D-backs this past Saturday night, as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI, and being a major part of the Phils four-run eighth inning rally.
This is Ruiz’s first weekly award, as he is presently ranked second among NL catchers with eight doubles, and is third in batting average with a .296 average.
Congratulations on winning the award, Carlos.
Yesterday the National League announced that Raul Ibanez was named the National League Player of the Week. Ibanez, last week, hit .310 (9-for-29), as he hit three home runs and a double among his nine hits, knocking in 13 runs, which lead the majors last week, and scored six.
Congratulations on winning the Award, Raul.
Doc takes home NL Player of the Week
Halladay immediately makes presence felt in Phillies uniform
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
It hasn’t taken long for Roy Halladay to become accustomed to the National League.
The right-handed ace, who came to the Phillies from the Toronto Blue Jays in an offseason trade, paid dividends right away, and in a huge way, when he was awarded the inaugural NL Player of the Week award of the 2010 season.
In his first week with Philadelphia, Halladay posted a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA while tying for the Major League lead with 17 strikeouts. Halladay also sits atop the Majors with 16 innings pitched and a complete game. The Colorado native surpassed 1,500 career strikeouts on Opening Day and notched his 150th career victory and 50th career complete game on April 11.
Halladay made his eighth consecutive Opening Day start at Washington, holding the Nationals to one run through seven innings of work and leading the Phillies to an 11-1 victory. The All-Star and former Cy Young Award winner also helped his own cause at the plate, going 1-for-4 with an RBI.
This is Halladay’s fourth career weekly award, and his first in the NL.
Other nominees this past week included Atlanta’s Martin Prado and rookie sensation Jason Heyward, Philadelphia’s Placido Polanco and Ryan Howard, Florida’s Jorge Cantú, Albert Pujols of the Cardinals, Arizona’s Chris Young, San Francisco’s Tim Lincecum and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez.
Congratulations on winning the award Doc, hopefully the first of many.
After big week, Ibanez takes NL honors
Phils veteran slugger ripped four homers, drove in 12 runs
Phillies left fielder Raul Ibanez, who is among the Major Leagues’ home run leaders, has been named National League Player of the Week presented by Bank of America for the period ending Sunday.
The 36-year-old veteran’s 12 RBIs and nine runs topped the NL for the week, and his four homers and 13 hits were second in the league. A big factor in his first NL season for the defending World Series champions, Ibanez hit .481 with a slugging percentage of .963.
Ibanez’s week included a three-homer day in Saturday’s doubleheader in Washington, where he led the Phillies to a sweep with seven RBIs.
The productive week left him with a season average of .357, with 13 homers and 35 RBIs — on pace for a career year in his 14th season.
The weekly award, while Ibanez’s first in the NL, is the fifth overall of his career.
Others drawing consideration for the honor were Mets teammates Carlos Beltran (.393) and David Wright (.556, nine RBIs); the Nationals’ Cristian Guzman (.394, 13 hits) and Nick Johnson (.423, nine RBIs); the Astros’ Lance Berkman (.474); the Brewers’ Prince Fielder (.333, four homers, 10 RBIs) and Trevor Hoffman (four saves, 0.00 ERA); the Pirates’ Brandon Moss (.579); the Rockies’ Brad Hawpe (.476, two homers, 12 RBIs); the Dodgers’ Juan Pierre (.407); and the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, who took over the Major League lead with five homers for a total of 15.
Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. (H/T Phillies.com)
Is it too early to start with the MVP chants for this guy? I think all of us Phillies fans can stop worrying about whether he was worth all of that money. He is, he is, he is!!!!!
The Phillies’ (34-25) ten games home stand will continue tonight, as they host the Reds (28-30, 5th National League Central) for the second game of their four games set. The game will be played at Citizens Bank Park and will start at 7:05 pm Eastern. Ken Griffey, Jr. should be in the Reds’ lineup tonight, and should get at least four chances to try and hit his 600th career home run, which is not good news for the Phillies’ starter for tonight’s game, as Junior has already tagged him for two of his 599 previous four baggers. The Phillies’ starters will be Adam Eaton (1-3, 4.99), who has finally gotten his first win of the year, doing it against the Rockies on May 28, as he pitched six strong innings, giving up only one earned run on four hits, in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory. His career record against the Reds is 2-0 with a 4.19 ERA in six starts, which includes his previous start against them this year, occuring back on April 5, where he would receive his first no-decision of the season, as he would pitch seven and two-thirds innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, in the Phillies’ 4-3 lost. He’ll be trying to make it two wins in a row, while trying to avoid becoming Junior’s 600th home run victim, as he hopes that the Phillies’ offensive juggernaut will continue on its merry way. The Reds plan to counter with Aaron Harang (2-7, 3.81), who is coming off of a lost to the Bucos on May 29, as he was crushed by them for six earned runs on ten hits as he was only able to last four innings, in the Reds’ 7-2 lost. He has already pitched against the Phillies this year, as he opposed Adam Eaton on April 5. He would also receive a no-decision as he would pitch six innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out six. He will be trying to get a win to improve his poor record, while hoping that he won’t be facing the Phillies’ wrath for his good performance against them earlier this season.
The Phillies’ offense last night had twelve more hits, including 5 more extra-base hits (2 (2B), 3 (HR)). Chase Utley, who is still the leading vote getter among National League All-Stars, has, for the second time this year, tied the Phillies’ franchise record for the consective number of games hitting at least one home run by hitting a home run in the first inning last night. He has also hit at least one RBI for the eighth straight game. Because of this, he has won his fifth National League Player of the Week award for his heroics last week. Phillies’ fans will be waiting to see tonight which of the two home runs related accomplishments will occur during tonight’s game, Junior hitting his 600th career home run, or Utley hitting it out of the park for a team record sixth game in a row. Only time will tell. Meanwhile, the rest of the Phillies’ bats will be trying to continue their campaign to wear out opposing teams’ starters.
The first place Phillies are now leading the Marlins by a game and a half, as they continue their four games series with the Braves. The third place Braves are still trailing the Phils by three and a half games thanks to their extra-innings win against the fish. The fourth place Mets are now trailing the Phillies by four and a half games, as they got crushed by the Giants last night. The Phils will be trying to win for the eighth time in their last nine games, while also trying to increase their lead in the National League East.
Edit: Well, just learned that Junior won’t be playing today. Looks like the knees are still sore. I wonder if the Reds will be using him for pitch hitting duty. Guess we’ll find out during the ballgame tonight.
The 29-year-old Phillies second baseman hit five home runs last week, pulling his Major League-leading total to 20 and making him the only second baseman in Major League history to hit 20 home runs in fewer than 60 games.
Utley’s efforts were rewarded on Monday, when he was named the National League Player of the Week, presented by Bank of America. The previous 20-homer mark was held by Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby, who hit his 20th homer of the 1925 season in the Cardinals’ 61st game of the year.
“The way Utley goes about the game and his mind-set … I think he’s the best player I’ve been around, and I’ve been around a long time,” said Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, whose first year in professional baseball came in 1963. “I used to think Kirby Puckett was the greatest thing since sliced bread. I see how Utley goes about his business day in and day out, how he prepares and how he plays. He’s tremendous — his dedication, his determination.”
It’s the fifth time in Utley’s career he’s received the honor and the fourth year in a row he’s won it at least once. He won April 29, 2007, July 30, 2006; May 7, 2006 and July 17, 2005.
His five homers last week led the Majors, as did his 14 RBIs and 25 total bases. He was second in the National League with a 1.087 slugging percentage.
Utley, a two-time All-Star who has played at Philadelphia his entire six-year career, connected on his 20th home run of the season in a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Sunday. The homer helped put the Phillies atop the National League East standings.
The home run also marked Utley’s fourth home run is as many games and his sixth in his last seven. He also hit six home runs in seven games from April 17-23. He’s reached base safely in 20 consecutive games, dating back to an 0-for-4 performance at San Francisco on May 10.
“I see how hard he works and how dedicated he is,” Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard said. “To me, it’s no surprise that he’s playing the way he’s playing right now. He can do it all, and has.”
Utley was one of three Phillies nominated for the award. Chris Coste (.333 batting average, two home runs, seven RBIs) and Shane Victorino (.435 average, three doubles) were also nominated.
Tourneau, the world’s largest watch store, will award Utley with a luxury Swiss Timepiece, suitably engraved, in recognition of his accomplishments as the National League Player of the Week. (H/T Phillies.com)
Let’s see. Player of the Month for April? Check. Leading vote getter among National League All-Stars? Check. Just named Player of the Week for last week? Double Check. Gee, I wonder if a certain announcer with the last name of Kennedy who works for Fox is eating crow right now? 🙂