ST. LOUIS -- When Major League Baseball sends out the "Player of the Week" press release every Monday, there is a paragraph for "other noteworthy performances." The players listed in Monday's release had no hope of actually winning the award.
Madison Bumgarner was named National League Player of the Week after having one of the best seven-day stretches you'll ever see from a pitcher.
He went the distance in both starts, snapping a four-game losing streak with a brilliant performance Tuesday and then throwing a shutout on Sunday at AT&T Park to cap a sweep of the Nationals. Bumgarner threw 18 innings in two starts, giving up eight hits and one run. He walked one batter and struck out 26.
Oh, and he also hit his 10th career homer on Sunday and added a double.
This is Bumgarner's first career Player of the Week award but he has previously been named Player of the Month. He has a good head start on that award, with three wins and a 0.71 ERA in August. Bumgarner has struck out 35 batters this month and walked just one.