Surprise, surprise: Max Scherzer’s wild, standout week earned him National League Player of the Week honors.
The Nationals’ ace made two starts — Monday against the Braves and Saturday against the Rockies — and came away with 21 total strikeouts while leading Washington to two of its three victories last week.
At home against Atlanta, Scherzer had a jaw-dropping performance even for him. The three-time Cy Young winner threw a complete game in the Nats’ 2-0 victory, striking out 10 batters while stealing the first base of his career.
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Along with the Astros’ Nolan Ryan in 1984, Scherzer joined the exclusive club of pitching a shutout, striking out at least 10 batters and stealing a base in a single game.
Against the Rockies, he struck out another 11 batters in seven innings with one walk. It was the third time in four starts this season he hit the 10 strikeouts mark, and he became the 13th pitcher in MLB history to rack up at least 10 Ks in three of the team’s first 15 matchups.
The two runs Scherzer gave up were in the first inning when Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon hit a two-run homer.
Max Scherzer retired his final 20 batters in a row.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 14, 2018
So yeah, Scherzer had a stellar week, and the MLB recognized him for it.
Astros' pitcher Justin Verlander was named the AL Player of the Week.