08/12/2003 11:14 AM ET
Gagné is NL Player of the Week
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers closer Eric Gagné, who recorded saves in four consecutive games while setting a Major League record for most consecutive saves to start a season, was named National League Pepsi Player of the Week for Aug. 4-10.
Gagné saved all three games of the Dodgers' series sweep of the Cincinnati Reds, Aug. 5-7 then secured an Aug. 8 win over the Chicago Cubs. He retired all 12 batters he faced during the week, eight by strikeouts, and has retired the last 22 batters,
striking out 13.
The fourth save of the week was also the 39th of the season, breaking Jose Mesa's eight-year-old record for most consecutive saves to start a season. Gagné's streak of 47 consecutive saves dating to last year ranks second all-time to Tom Gordon, who converted 54 consecutive opportunities from 1998-99.
Gagné leads all Major League relievers with 96 strikeouts in 57 innings, has an ERA of 1.58 and has held opponents to a Major League-low .128 batting average. He set a franchise save record of 52 last season, his first as a closer, and has made the All-Star team the past two years.
Other players nominated were Chicago's Sammy Sosa (.364, 4 HR, 7 RBIs) and Mark Prior (2-0, 0.60 ERA); Florida's Mike Lowell (.423, 6 RBIs) and Juan Encarnacion (.417, 5 RBIs); Cincinnati's Barry Larkin (league-leading .556 average); San Diego's Mark Kotsay (.500 average); Atlanta's Gary Sheffield (.450, 6 runs) and Marcus Giles (.346, 6 RBIs); Colorado's Todd Helton (.474, 7 RBIs); and San Francisco's Barry Bonds (.462, league-leading .650 on-base percentage).
Gagné will receive a Tourneau luxury Swiss timepiece as the National League Pepsi Player of the Week.
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This article was not subject to
approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.