Major League Baseball announced its Players of the Week for the National League and American League on Monday afternoon. The Blue Jays’ Edwin Encarnacion took home the weekly honor in the Junior Circuit. And to no surprise, the Cubs’ Jake Arrieta earned the honor in Senior Circuit.
Jake Arrieta was named NL Player of the Week (Aug. 24-30) for the second time this season. Arrieta was a perfect 2-0 in starts with a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP against the Giants and Dodgers that included his first career no-hitter Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.
Jake Arrieta dominated the Dodgers on Sunday night. Arrieta struck out a season-high 12 batters on 116 pitches, 80 for strikes. Arrieta faced two over the minimum and only six balls were hit out of the infield. According to the release, Jake Arrieta became the first pitcher to complete a no-hitter by striking out the side in the ninth since Sandy Koufax struck out the last six Cubs to complete his perfect game in 1965.
Jake Arrieta was the NL Player of the Week before the All-Star break (July 6-12). Arrieta finished the first half with wins in each of his two starts leading up to the break. Arrieta was 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA (three earned runs in 15 2/3 innings) that included a complete-game 3-1 victory over the White Sox.
Jake Arrieta is the first Cubs’ player to earn Player of the Week honors since Jeff Samardzija in 2013.
When the announcement is made this week, Jake Arrieta should be named National League Pitcher of the Month for August.
Jake Arrieta was 6-0 in six starts with a 0.43 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. Arrieta allowed four runs, two earned, on 19 hits with 10 walks and 43 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. For the season, Arrieta is 17-6 in 27 starts with a 2.11 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 2.49 FIP. Arrieta has allowed 49 runs, 43 earned, on 128 hits with 44 walks and 190 strikeouts in 183 innings.