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04/23/07 7:38 PM ET

Beltran named NL Player of the Week

Mets center fielder torches NL East pitching to earn honor

Carlos Beltran isn't traditionally known as a fast starter. In his nine previous years in the Major Leagues, Beltran has enjoyed his best months after April.

Not this year.

The five-tool center fielder for the New York Mets is off to a sizzling start, helping him earn the Bank of America Presents National League Player of the Week on Monday.

Beltran led the National League with 27 total bases as the Mets swept a two-game series from the Florida Marlins and won four-of-six games last week.

During that span, Beltran hit .448 with a .951 slugging percentage and a .484 on-base percentage. Beltran's 27 total bases included four doubles, two triples and two homers.

In that same span, Beltran had 13 hits and nine RBIs, tying him for second-most in the National League.

So far this season, Beltran is leading the Mets in home runs (four), RBIs (19) and doubles (six). He's second on the team in hits with 25 and runs, 13. And his 19 RBIs ties him with Carlos Lee of the Houston Astros atop the National League.

Beltran, who was named to the NL All-Star team last season, is hitting .357 and is well on his way to being the starting center fielder for this season's NL All-Star squad.

In two games against the Marlins, Beltran was 6-for-11 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs scored.

On Saturday, Beltran, contributed his 17th four-hit game of his career in a Mets victory over the Atlanta Braves. Beltran was 4-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored, capping off a stellar week and earning him his fifth Player of the Week honor.

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