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.
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.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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NEW YORK -- Houston second baseman Jose Altuve was voted outstanding player for the second straight season in Players Choice Awards balloting by the Major League Baseball Players Association.
Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo was selected Marvin Miller Man of the Year, given to the player who most inspires other players through on-field performances and contributions to his community. Rizzo was treated for limited state classical Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2008 and in 2012 founded the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research and supports the families of children with cancer.
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Altuve, who led the Astros to their first World Series championship, also was voted outstanding AL player for the second straight year. He hit .346 and won his third AL batting title in four years. Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton was the outstanding NL player, leading the major leagues with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.
Washington right-hander Max Scherzer was picked as the outstanding NL pitcher, going 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and an NL-leading 268 strikeouts. Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber was the AL's outstanding pitcher with an 18-4 record and big league-best 2.25 ERA.
New York outfielder Aaron Judge was the top AL rookie, setting a major league rookie record with 52 homers. Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger was the top NL rookie, hitting an NL rookie record 39 homers after his late April debut.
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Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas were the top comeback players. After shoulder, wrist, thumb, foot, hamstring and oblique injuries, the 33-year-old Zimmerman hit .303 with 36 homers and 108 RBIs, earning his first All-Star Game selection since 2009. The 29-year-old Moustakas returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained in May 2016 and hit .272 with 38 homers and 85 RBIs.
Balloting among big league players took place on Sept. 19 and results were announced Wednesday.