08/06/07 7:33 PM ET
Webb, Zimmerman Co-Players of Week
D-backs ace, Nats third baseman share honor after torrid play
By Jayson Addcox / MLB.com
Ryan Zimmerman is scorching hot, recording 14 hits and 11 RBIs in a week leading the Nationals to six straight victories.
So, it was fitting that both were named the Bank of America Presents National League Co-Players of the Week for the period of July 30th-Aug. 5th.
Webb, who threw a complete-game shutout against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on Monday, has not allowed a run in 24 innings and has thrown two consecutive shutouts. Webb, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, is 11-8 with a 2.92 ERA and is third in the NL with 145 strikeouts.
On the recent road trip to Los Angeles, the sinkerball-throwing Webb read about the accomplishments of former Dodgers Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale, who threw 58 consecutive scoreless innings in 1968. He must have been inspired, because the next day he blanked the Dodgers and pushed his team 1 1/2 games ahead of the San Diego Padres in the NL West.
"Drysdale had, like, six shutouts in a row," Webb said. "That's a crazy number, but hopefully, as long as I can, I'm going to go out there and try to put up zeros."
Webb, who struggled in his first start after the All-Star break, has won three consecutive games and has lowered his ERA 50 points during that stretch.
On the East Coast, Zimmerman has done everything but pitch a complete-game shutout. The slick-fielding third baseman led the charge over the weekend as the Nationals swept the Cardinals, recording the game-winning RBI in the Nationals' final at-bat in Friday's and Sunday's victories.
Zimmerman hit .519 (14-for-27) with 24 total bases over that span and his 11 RBIs ranked second in the NL. Zimmerman, who scored seven runs and had four doubles in the week, drilled two bombs Saturday night at RFK Stadium and went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI in the finale of the three-game series against the Cardinals on Sunday.
Zimmerman is batting .274 with a team-leading 17 homers and 61 RBIs on the season.
Bank of America, the Official Bank of Major League Baseball, is the presenting sponsor of the American League and National League Player of the Week Awards, which reflect the company's long-standing tradition of recognizing achievements that inspire us all to seize opportunities to perform at our very best.
Other notables for the week of July 30th -Aug. 5th were Barry Bonds, who tied Hank Aaron as the all-time home run king with his 755th on Saturday, and Tom Glavine, who won his 300th career game Sunday against the Cubs.
Jayson Addcox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.