Major League Baseball announced today that San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner has been named the National League Player of the Week which should come as no surprise to anybody watching him over the past seven days.
In two starts, Bumgarner pitched two complete games, including one shut out on August 16, with an ERA of .50. Along the way to dominating the Astros and the Nationals, he walked only one batter, struck out 26 and, allowed only 8 hits, and if that wasn't enough, he also hit .333 with a double, a home run and two RBI to provide his own run support.
This week's games mark the second and third complete games of Bumgarner's season, extends his winning streak to three and brings his record to 7-2 in his last 9 starts. His risk factor (a stat created by this author) was down to .250 this week (he's at .342 for the season) and he hasn't pitched fewer than 5 innings since his second start in April.
Bumgarner is currently ranked first in NL wins, third in ERA, third in strike outs, third in innings pitched, fourth in W/L%, and first in complete games (3).