Strasburg Garners NL Player of the Week Honors

Posted by Dave Nichols | Monday, June 14, 2010 | , , | 0 comments »

Stephen Strasburg named NL Player of the Week (Cheryl Nichols/Nats News Network)

In his first week in the major leagues, the Washington Nationals Stephen Strasburg led all pitchers with 22 strikeouts, en route to posting a 2-0 record with a 2.19 ERA.

For this, he was named NL Player of the Week.

In two games he's equaled the number of strikeouts starter John Lannan has for the season. tying him for eighth on the team in that category.

Strasburg has allowed six hits in his two starts--four singles and two home runs--and surrendered just three runs.

Strasburg's 22 Ks ties for second on the all-time on list of most strikeouts recorded in first two big league starts.

In his Major League debut on June 8th, the top overall pick of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft dazzled, fanning a Nationals record 14 hitters in seven innings without a walk, leading the Nats to a 5-2 victory over visiting Pittsburgh.

On Sunday, the San Diego State product tossed 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball while striking out eight and earning the win in his first road start, a 9-4 Interleague victory at Cleveland.

Strasburg retired the first two Cleveland hitters on strikeouts, extending his consecutive strikeout streak to nine dating back to his debut start and marking the first time this season that a starter has fanned nine consecutive batters.

Strasburg beat out teammate Adam Dunn, among others, for the honor.  Dunn hit .455 for the week, with four homers and a 1.091 slugging percentage.