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Holliday named NL Player of the Week

Holliday is NL Player of the Week

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Matt Holliday can't possibly get any better, or can he?

The Colorado Rockies outfielder has shown drastic improvement in each of his four seasons in the Majors. This season he was named to his second consecutive All-Star team, and after putting together a monstrous offensive week, Holliday was named the National League Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 16.

The right-handed hitting slugger launched six homers and drove in 11 runs, doing his part in helping the Rockies stay in contention in the NL Wild Card race.

"I've been fortunate enough to play with some good hitters and to coach some good hitters," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said of Holliday, evoking batting champs like George Brett, Larry Walker and Todd Helton. "He's on a roll right now that's just impressive to watch."

On a roll might be an understatement. The 27-year-old torched the Phillies and the Marlins, hitting .407 (11-for-27) with a pair of doubles and recorded a .500 on-base percentage. He also led the NL with 11 runs scored, a 1.148 slugging percentage and 31 total bases.

Holliday posted three multi-hit games, including a three-hit game on Sept. 10 against Philadelphia, in which he drilled a homer and had two RBIs. On Saturday against the Marlins, the Oklahoma native had four hits, including a homer and two more RBIs.

Holliday currently leads the NL with 47 doubles and 122 RBIs and is second with a .334 batting average and 32 homers.

For Rockies fans, this isn't anything new. Holliday has improved his stats in each of his four seasons, hitting .326 with 34 homers and 110 RBIs last season. In his first season in the Majors, Holliday finished fifth for the NL Rookie of Year Award with a .290 average, 14 homers and 57 RBIs.

This season he is in contention to win the NL MVP Award, and he has the Rockies just 4 1/2 games back of the Padres in the NL Wild Card race with 13 games remaining.

"He's had an unbelievable year," said veteran third basemen Vinny Castilla. "He's been carrying this team since the beginning. He's the one that's kept us in the race. He's gotten a lot of big hits. I'm a big fan of him, man. He comes ready to play every day. He's the man of this team."

This marks the second time Holliday has earned the Player of the Week Award.

"I think the job he's done this year, not only putting up numbers, but I don't think we could do these things we've done without him in the lineup," said starting pitcher Jeff Francis.

Other nominees for the Player of the Week Award were Rockies infielder Garrett Atkins (.429, 2 HR, 4 RBI), Dodgers first baseman James Loney (.529, 2 HR, 10 RBI), and Padres pitcher Jake Peavy, who went 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA.

Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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