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05/16/05 5:00 PM ET
Abreu named Player of the Week
Outfielder hit .583 with six homers over last seven days
By Ken Mandel / MLB.com
PHILADELPHIA -- Considering the amazing week turned in by Bobby Abreu, his being named as the Bank of America National League Player of the Week was a mere formality. If anyone else won the honor, it may have prompted a league-wide investigation. "A week like this has never happened to me before," said Abreu, after homering on Sunday, giving him seven long balls in eight games. "I'm just going to enjoy it." Some of the players Abreu beat out include Houston's Morgan Ensberg (.522 batting average, four home runs, seven RBIs) and Roger Clemens (2-0, 0.60 ERA, 16 strikeouts), Arizona's Craig Counsell (.435 batting average, six doubles, two RBIs) and San Diego's Brian Giles (.500 batting average, four doubles, four RBIs). To say the Phillies' hottest hitter is seeing the ball well would be an understatement. He smacked it all over the park, to the tune of a .583 average (14-for-24) with three doubles and six homers. The first homer of his streak came on May 8, so technically it didn't count as part of the week. One of the doubles -- stroked in Friday night's laugher -- hit off a panel in right-center field. Had the ball been a few feet to the left, it would have cleared a shorter wall for a home run and extended his homer streak to six games. Add in the two homers in two games over the weekend and Abreu would have a Major League record-tying eight-game streak alive heading into Tuesday. "It was close, and I thought I got it, but it didn't have enough elevation to go out," Abreu said shaking his head. "Right now, everything feels great." Abreu's outstanding performance goes beyond the past week. He's hitting .451 in May, with nine home runs and 21 RBIs. The left-handed hitter led the league in seven offensive categories for the week, and he scored eight runs. By homering in five straight games, Abreu tied a club record, shared with Dick Allen and Mike Schmidt. He's the second Phillie to win Player of the Week, joining Pat Burrell, who won for his outstanding first week of the season. More impressive for Abreu is the fact that this offense comes with Jim Thome on the disabled list. Always steady and productive, Abreu saved one of the best weeks in his career for when the team needed it most. "It's a great groove to be in," said Thome. "He's really carried us. It's been good." Abreu said he hasn't felt any additional pressure to produce in Thome's absence, and he can't wait for the big guy to return. That should likely happen this week. His only regret is the Phillies went 3-4 on their homestand. "We can play better, and we have to," Abreu said. "It's just a matter of doing it."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.