On Monday, making his 15th start of the season, Liriano dispatched a dangerous St. Louis Cardinals lineup,allowing four hits and one run over 7.0 innings of work to earn his 11th win of the season in a 9-2 victory. The 29-year-old fanned eight while walking just two. On Saturday, Liriano improved to 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA on the season after tossing 7.0 shutout innings, permitting just two hits, in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. According to Elias, the performance put Liriano in a class of just three Bucs pitchers in the modern era to win 12-ormore games and post an ERA under 2.25 in his first 16 starts of a season, joining Rip Sewell in 1943 (12-2, 2.22 ERA) and Dock Ellis in 1971 (12-3, 2.24). The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native is tied for fourth in wins among N.L. pitchers despite not making his 2013 debut until May 11th. He has held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average this season. This is his second weekly award, having won previously as a member of the Minnesota Twins for the week ending May 8, 2011 after throwing a no-hitter on May 3rd at Chicago (A.L.).
Other noteworthy performances last week included Liriano's Pittsburgh teammate A.J. Burnett (1-0, 1.13 ERA, 18 SO, 16.0 IP); Atlanta's Freddie Freeman (.375, 9 R, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .594 SLG, .444 OBP), Chris Johnson (.433, 13 H, HR, 8 RBI, .600 SLG, .485 OBP), Justin Upton (.387, 9 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .774 SLG, .472 OBP), Alex Wood (2-0, 2.77 ERA, 10 SO, 13.0 IP) and Craig Kimbrel (0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 5 SO, 3.0 IP); Matt Holliday (.406, 13 H, 3 2B, 6 RBI, .457 OBP) of the Cardinals; and Kenley Jansen (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 SV, 10 SO, 4.0 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
In recognition of his National League Player of the Week Award, Francisco Liriano will be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.