On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Josh Beckett of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been named National League Co-Players of the Week for the period of May 19-25.
Wainwright's 21 strikeouts last week led the majors as he posted a 2-0 record while not allowing a run. The Cards' ace threw 17 innings across his two starts during which he scattered six hits and walked only one.
On Sunday, Wainwright threw eight shutout innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 4-0 in the rubber-match of their three- game series at Cincinnati. His first start of the week, on May 20, was a complete-game one-hit shutout over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-0 win. Wainwright faced just one batter (28) over the minimum in his Arizona outing, walking none and allowing a fourth-inning double while fanning nine.
With the two-win week, Wainwright became the first N.L. pitcher to reach the eight-win threshold, joining Toronto's Mark Buehrle atop the Major League leaderboard in wins. The two-time NL all-star is currently first among qualifying Major League pitchers with a 1.67 ERA (15 earned runs in 81 innings pitched) this season.
This is Wainwright's first career Player of the Week Award.
On Sunday, Beckett threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 season in a 6-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The no-hitter was the first of the 34-year-old's career.