After the Los Angeles Dodgers lost the series opener to the Washington Nationals, which was completed in two segments over two days due to play being suspended Friday night, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke overpowered the Nationals in the two games that followed.
As a result the duo shared National League Player Of The Week honors, Major League Baseball announced Monday. Kershaw tossed eight scoreless innings on a hot and humid Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park. He collected two strikeouts through each of the first seven innings and scattered three hits over eight shutout innings.
Kershaw’s 14 strikeouts set a season high and fell one shy of tying his career high. The dominant outing lowered his ERA to 2.68 and WHIP to 0.68. He leads the Majors with 174 strikeouts entering play Monday, ranks second overall with a 2.20 FIP and first with a 1.93 xFIP.
Greinke followed by also shutting out the Nationals over eight innings, setting a season high with 11 strikeouts. He extended his scoreless streak to 43.2 innings, lowered his already MLB-best ERA from 1.39 to 1.30 and now holds a 0.82 WHIP, which is good for second in all of baseball; Greinke’s 2.52 FIP is fifth in the Majors.
During the scoreless stretch he’s retired 59 of the last 64 batters faced and held opponents to a slash of .129/.158/.150. Adrian Gonzalez finished as a runner-up for NL Player Of The Week honors after going 7-for-11 with two home runs, one double and three RBIs over the three-game series against the Nationals.