Rich Aurilia Named NL Pepsi Player of the Week

It's amazing what a three day break can do to a person, at least that's what Rich Aurilia and the Giants will tell you. Aurilia has been selected as the NL Player of the Week after a smoking hot performance opening the second half of the season.

At All-Star break, no one would have placed a bet on Rich Aurilia getting the honor of being named NL Pepsi Player of the Week for the first week of the second half. In the opening four game series against the Colorado Rockies, Aurilia posted two doubles, a triple, and drove in seven RBIs to lead the Giants to a four-game sweep of the Rockies.

In every series of the first half, Aurilia watched his average drop a few more points next to his measly nine homeruns and thirty-one RBIs, and at the midway point of the season, Aurilia was at a mere .256 batting average. In this past week, he has boosted that up to a .270, going 8-14 and hitting .571 in the Colorado series.

His problems in the first half were all health related. Earlier in the season, Aurilia suffered dry eye problems which gave him blurred vision and forced him out of a game after he looked ridiculous swinging at pitches in the dirt. Not long before the midseason, Aurilia also suffered from abdominal pains which sidelined him for a good five to six days. Aurilia claims that he did not feel like himself and it effected his performance as a player, but he felt much better after the three day rest at home that enabled him to focus mentally on the second half and to forget about the first half.

This is not just a one week trip. Aurilia continued his dominance in the opening game against division rival, Arizona, with two more hits and another pair of RBIs.



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