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07/31/06 9:47 PM ET
Beltran named NL co-Player of the Week
Mets outfielder tallies five homers and 15 RBIs in the span
By Michael Walsh / MLB.com
In what might be some bad news for the rest of the National League, Carlos Beltran is beginning to show off some fortune-telling ability. The Mets center fielder pulled off a "called shot" of sorts over the last week as he batted a toasty .385 and became the first Mets player and seventh Major Leaguer to hit three grand slams in one calendar month. "I was telling the guys before that I was going to hit a home run," said Beltran, who shares the Bank of America Presents the National League Player of the Week honors with Philadelphia's Chase Utley. "I was feeling good at the plate. A lefty was pitching, and I just told Carlos [Delgado] and [Jose] Reyes I was going to hit a home run." The Player of the Week Award is Beltran's second of the season, after garnering the honor for the week ending June 4. The Mets center fielder led the National League in RBIs during the week with 15 and tied for the NL lead in home runs with five, including two on Sunday against NL East rival Atlanta -- one from each side of the plate, becoming the seventh Mets hitter to accomplish that feat. The Mets swept the Braves in that series, with Beltran becoming just the second player in franchise history to pick up 10 RBIs in a span of two games. For closer Billy Wagner, the New York center fielder was the pendulum that made the three-game set swing New York's way. "We took the momentum back with Carlos," said Wagner, after the 10-6 series finale. "He had such a big series. Guys would get on, and he would bring them in. It was fun to watch." With more than 50 games to go in the season, Beltran has already surpassed the franchise record for home runs by a center fielder in a season, and is making quite an impression, at least in his own locker room, for his name to be announced as the owner of another piece of hardware. "He's been huge, and he's making a statement for being MVP," said Tom Glavine. "He's been huge."
Michael Walsh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.