05/27/2003 5:11 PM ET
Cardinals' Matt Morris named National League Pepsi Player of the Week
Matt Morris of the St. Louis Cardinals, who pitched two complete-game shutouts last week, was named the National League Pepsi Player of the Week for the period ending May 25.
For the week, Morris was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 18.0 innings, allowing 13 hits and two walks and recording 11 strikeouts. On May 19, he struck out eight Chicago Cubs batters and gave up only four hits en route to a 2-0 victory. Five days later, Morris threw his second complete game shutout, this time blanking Pittsburgh 6-0. The 28-year-old right-hander became the first Cardinals' pitcher to post back-to-back shutouts since Bob Tewksbury in 1990. This is his second career Player of the Week award (August 2001).
Other pitchers nominated for the weekly award included: Kevin Brown (2-0, 1.20 ERA), Darren Dreifort (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Hideo Nomo (1-0, 2-hit shutout) of the Dodgers; Montreal's Javier Vazquez (2-0, 2.57 ERA); Milwaukee's Wayne Franklin (1-0, 2-hit shutout); and Jason Schmidt (1-0, 4-hit shutout) of the Giants.
Position players receiving consideration were: Albert Pujols (.406, 4 HR, 9 RBI) and Jim Edmonds (.348, 3 HR, 7 RBI) of the Cardinals; San Diego's Dave Hansen (.526, 4 RBI); Marquis Grissom (.519, 3 RBI) and Benito Santiago (.409, 7 RBI) of the Giants; Pittsburgh's Aramis Ramirez (.500, 7 RBI); Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins (.318, 4 HR, 9 RBI); Mike Lowell (.391, 3 HR, 6 RBI) and Alex Gonzalez (.417, 3 RBI) of the Marlins; and Atlanta's Javy Lopez (.533, 4 HR).
Morris will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Player of the Week.