Following the first no-hitter of the 2017 regular season, Miami Marlins starting pitcher Edinson Volquez has been named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending June 4th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Volquez compiled a 2-0 record while allowing one run over 15.0 innings pitched to claim his first career Player of the Week Award. Edinson struck out 14 batters and issued four free passes along with just three hits in two dominant starts last week. On Saturday, the 2008 NL All-Star delivered the 150th no-hitter in National League history, and the sixth in franchise history. Since the Marlins became a Major League franchise in 1993, no other club in the Majors has accounted for more no-hitters. This is Miami’s third weekly award this season, following Edinson’s teammates J.T. Realmuto (April 9th) and Marcell Ozuna (April 16th), which represents the most for any single club in the Majors.
In Volquez’s first start of the week last Monday, the right-hander tossed 6.0 innings of one-run ball and allowed just three hits. It was Edinson’s fourth consecutive start posting at least 6.0 innings, his longest run of starts since logging a streak of six such starts from June 29 – July 29, 2016. In his final start of the week on Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native registered the first no-hitter of his 13-year career, and the first for the Marlins since Henderson Alvarez on September 29, 2013 against the Detroit Tigers. Jake Arrieta was the last Major League hurler to accomplish the feat, doing so last season on April 21st against the Cincinnati Reds. Needing only 98 pitches to log his impressive no-hitter, Volquez joined David Cone (July 18, 1999) as the only pitchers in the last 30 years to throw no-hitters with 10-or-more strikeouts and fewer than 100 pitches. Additionally, Volquez, who is now pitching at the Major League level with his seventh club, became just the third pitcher since 1974 to conclude his no-hitter with three strikeouts to end the game, joining Arrieta (August 30, 2015 vs. LA Dodgers) and San Francisco’s Chris Heston (June 9, 2015 vs. NY Mets).
Edinson’s teammate, first baseman Justin Bour (.417, 10 H, 3 HR, 7 RBI), provided Miami with offense during his excellent week. The left-handed slugger became just the fourth player in Marlins history to record 11 home runs in a single month this past May, joining his teammate Giancarlo Stanton (12 HR, May 2012 & June 2015), Dan Uggla (12, May 2008) and Gary Sheffield (11, April 2996). On Wednesday, Bour recorded his first multi-homer game of the season to propel the Marlins to a 10-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Other noteworthy performances last week included Zack Cozart (.304, 5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI) of the Cincinnati Reds; Daniel Murphy (.500, 14 H, 3 2B, 7 RBI), Tanner Roark (2-0, 2.45 ERA, 14.2 IP, 10 SO) and Ryan Zimmerman (.440, 8 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI) of the Washington Nationals; and Robert Gsellman (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 12.1 IP, 11 SO) of the New York Mets.
Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has been named the American League Player of the Week for the period ending June 4th. The announcement was made earlier today on MLB Network.
Springer batted .500 (15-for-30) with 11 runs scored, a double, five home runs and nine RBI over six games to earn his first career AL Player of the Week Award, and the first for an Astros position player since his teammate Carlos Correa took home weekly honors on August 14, 2016. George paced the Majors in hits, runs scored, total bases (31) and slugging percentage (1.033). Among his AL counterparts, the 27-year-old finished the period tied for second in extra-base hits (6); tied for third in batting average; seventh in on-base percentage; and tied for seventh in RBI.
In Wednesday night’s away tilt against the Minnesota Twins, Springer went 4-for-4 with four runs scored, a pair of solo home runs and two walks. It was the slugging outfielder’s fifth multi-homer game of his career, and second of the season (also May 14th at NY Yankees). In addition, Springer matched a franchise record by safely reaching base in six plate appearances, joining J.R. Towles and Cody Ransom, who both accomplished the feat on September 20, 2007 against the St. Louis Cardinals. In George’s final game during his award-winning week, the 11th overall selection of the 2011 MLB Draft (by Houston) tallied three hits, including a pair of homers. The multi-hit output was his sixth in a row, and the dynamic outfielder matched Seattle’s Jean Segura (May 3rd-9th), Washington’s Ryan Zimmerman (April 26th-May 3rd) and Jose Abreu (April 23rd-30th) of the White Sox for the longest multi-hit streak in the Majors this season. Entering play today, the New Britain, Connecticut native is in the midst of a nine-game hitting streak, dating back to May 26th. During his torrid stretch, Springer slashed .476/.511/.1.000 with 14 runs scored, a double, seven home runs and 13 RBI. Led by Springer’s hot bat, the Astros have won each of their last 10 contests and own the best record in Baseball at 41-16.
On Saturday, first baseman Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels became the ninth player in MLB history to reach the 600-home run plateau. At 37 years, 138 days, the 10-time All-Star became the fourth-youngest to join the elite group. Entering play today, Pujols is 141 RBI away from the 2,000 RBI milestone and 125 hits away from the 3,000-hit club. Other noteworthy performances included George’s teammate and May’s AL Player of the Month presented by Budweiser Carlos Correa (.393, 8 R, 4 HR, 12 RBI); Elvis Andrus (.520, 7 R, 5 XBH, 10 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; Ariel Miranda (2-0, 1.93 ERA, 1 CG, 10 SO) and Mike Zunino (.478, 4 2B, 11 RBI) of the Seattle Mariners; J.D. Martinez (6 R, 7 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Detroit Tigers; Whit Merrfield (.500, 5 XBH, 5 RBI, .900 SLG) of the Kansas City Royals; and Yonder Alonso (.417, 8 R, 3 HR, .875 SLG) of the Oakland Athletics.