Now Commenting On:

After dominating, Liriano named NL Player of the Week

After dominating, Liriano named NL Player of the Week


Left-hander Francisco Liriano was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday after allowing only one earned run over two dominant performances last week for the first-place Pirates.

Liriano went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA last week, allowing one run over 14 innings, the lowest mark among Major League pitchers who made two starts. He surrendered six hits across his two outings, holding opposing hitters to a miniscule .133 batting average.

You won't find Liriano's name atop the NL pitching leaderboards this season, as he hasn't recorded enough innings to qualify, but he's been among the best in baseball since making his 2013 debut on May 11. He is tied for fourth among NL pitchers with 12 wins. Liriano has put together a 2.02 ERA -- which would rank second, if he qualified -- and held opposing batters to a .205 average this season.

Liriano limited the Cardinals to four hits and one run over seven innings last Monday, picking up his 11th victory in a 9-2 win for the Bucs. The 29-year-old lefty followed that up by tossing seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 win over the Rockies at PNC Park.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Liriano became one of three Pirates pitchers in the modern era to win 12 or more 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).

Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español