Cardinals RHP Carpenter named NL Player of Week

Sep 18, 2006 - 10:24 PM NEW YORK (Ticker) - After two more dominant performances, Chris Carpenter once again was rewarded for his accomplishments.

The St. Louis Cardinals ace righthander on Monday was named National League Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Carpenter, 31, went 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA over his two starts this week, defeating the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants. He tossed a six-hitter against Houston on Monday to record his third shutout this season and followed it up with a nine-strikeout performance over seven innings against San Francisco on Saturday.

Carpenter last won the weekly award on August 14, sharing honors with teammate Chris Duncan. The righthander captured the award for the first time this season on July 17.

The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, Carpenter has been remarkably consistent in an otherwise shaky Cardinals rotation this season. He is 15-6 with a league-leading 2.79 ERA in 30 starts and has been particularly outstanding at home, posting a 1.46 ERA in 16 outings.

Among numerous other nominees were Carpenter's teammates Albert Pujols and Scott Rolen, Florida's Josh Willingham and Dan Uggla, Pittsburgh's Zach Duke and Chris Duffy, Chicago's Aramis Ramirez and Rich Hill, New York's Carlos Delgado and Paul Lo Duca and Los Angeles' Rafael Furcal.

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