Despite being the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, Chris Carpenter had a performance Friday that was difficult for opponents to grasp.
Carpenter threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout to lead the Cardinals to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Bank of America named him the National League Player of the Week for July 13-16 on Monday because of his outing.
According to catcher Yadier Molina, this was Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal's assessment of Carpenter in the eighth inning: "Man, [Carpenter] is so unbelievable. We are just trying to hit the ball hard."
It was the 10th shutout of Carpenter's career, and he lowered his ERA at home to 1.45, the best in the Majors.
"It was Cy Young-like," manager Tony La Russa said. "He was so sharp and relentless. To do that on 100 pitches showed how much command he had of good stuff. He has pitched very well this year, but that was outstanding. When you get a performance like that, it was just fun to watch."
The win was part of a 4-0 record for the Cardinals since returning from the All-Star break. The team has now won seven in a row.
Chipper Jones of the Atlanta Braves received honorable mention for his week's work, extending his extra-base hitting streak to 14 games. The streak matches the longest in Major League history, held by Hall of Famer Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1927.
Also up for the award were three of Jones' teammates -- Andruw Jones (.385, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs), Brian McCann (.400, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) and John Smoltz (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 6 SO)
Ryan Crawford is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.