Holliday plated the game-winning runs in all three of the Cardinals' wins last week. On Monday, his two-RBI single in the top of the seventh gave the Cardinals a lead they would not relinquish in an eventual 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. The 34-year-old slugger's three-run, fifth-inning homer proved to be the difference on Saturday in Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Chicago Cubs at Busch Stadium. Holliday clubbed a second home run in the eighth inning of that contest for good measure, giving him his 19th career multi-homer game. He finished the nightcap 2-for-2 in three plate appearances with a season-high five RBI. The Oklahoma native capped the strong week with a 3-for-4 effort in Sunday's series finale against the Cubs, clubbing his 16th home run of the season and collecting four RBI en route to a 9-6 victory. His 81 RBI on the season lead the Cardinals and are tied for fifth in the N.L., while his 21 game-winning RBI rank first in the League. This is his seventh career weekly award (also: 7/30/2005, 9/25/2006, 7/29/2007, 9/16/2007, 4/13/2008 with COL and 6/20/2010 with STL).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison (.417, 3 R, 10 H, 2 HR, .833 SLG, .440 OBP) and Mark Melancon (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 SV, 4.0 IP); San Francisco's Angel Pagan (.367, 7 R, 11 H, 2 SB), Hunter Pence (.520, 13 H, 6 RBI, .581 OBP), Buster Posey (.423, 6 R, 11 H, 10 RBI, .846 SLG, .423 OBP) and Madison Bumgarner (2-0, 0.60 ERA, CG, SHO, 15.0 IP, 20 SO); Jorge Soler (.533, 8 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Chicago Cubs; Miami's Jarred Cosart (2-0, 0.61 ERA, 14.2 IP, 9 SO); and Colorado's Tyler Matzek (2-0, 1.29 ERA, 14.0 IP, 11 SO).
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Matt Holliday will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.