All-star pitcher Max Scherzer of the Los Angeles Dodgers expanded his history in the Major Leagues with a new record in strikeouts that led to him being named Player of the Week in the National League.
Scherzer continued his dominance last week by striking out 22 batters without conceding a walk in two starts (18 innings) for the Dodgers.
The veteran pitcher thus capped the week on Sunday with a historic day against the Padres, becoming the 19th pitcher to record 3,000 fans in his lifetime. Also, he flirted with a perfect game.
After his debut with the champions of the last World Series on August 4, Scherzer (14-4 on the season) has already established himself as a clear candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. He has three pitching awards in his window, one in the American and two in the National.
In seven recent starts, the right-hander is 6-0 with a 0.88 ERA and his opponents have hit just .158 in 51 innings.
On the other hand, Kansas City Royals outfielder Andrew Benintendi was named AL Player of the Week.
In the past seven days, Benintendi has averaged .500 (14 hits in 28 times at bat) with three doubles, three home runs, 14 RBIs and four runs scored in seven games. Since mid-August he has hit .327 in 27 challenges, helping Kansas City go 15-12 in that stretch. / AFP