Wainwright paced the Majors with 21 strikeouts last week while posting a perfect 2-0 record with a 0.00 ERA. The Cards' ace led the N.L. with 17.0 innings pitched across his two starts in which he scattered six hits and walked only one. On Sunday, Wainwright threw 8.0 shutout innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 4-0 in the rubber-match of their three- game series at Cincinnati. The victory came on the heels of a complete-game shutout on May 20th in which the two-time N.L. All-Star one- hit the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-0 win. Wainwright faced just one batter (28) over the minimum in the outing, walking none and allowing a fourth-inning double while fanning nine. With the two-win week, Wainwright became the first N.L. pitcher to reach the eight-win threshold, joining Toronto's Mark Buehrle atop the Major League leaderboard in wins. Wainwright is currently tops among qualifying Major League pitchers with a 1.67 ERA (15 ER/81.0 IP) this season. This is his first career Player of the Week Award.
Other noteworthy performances last week included Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez (.500, 5 R, 13 H, 4 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB, .769 SLG, .519 OBP) and Jonathan Lucroy (.500, 14 H, 8 2B, 5 RBI, .857 SLG, .548 OBP); Miami's Marcell Ozuna (.318, 6 R, 7 H, 3 HR, 9 RBI, .727 SLG, .400 OBP); Beckett's teammate Yasiel Puig (.522, 5 R, 12 H, HR, .870 SLG, .607 OBP) of the Dodgers; Atlanta's Justin Upton (.391, 4 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .870 SLG, .464 OBP) and Julio Teheran (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 15 SO, 15.0 IP); David Wright (.480, 12 H, HR, .680 SLG, .519 OBP) of the New York Mets; and Washington's Doug Fister (2-0, 2.19 ERA, 9 SO, 12.1 IP).
In recognition of their National League Player of the Week Award, Josh Beckett and Adam Wainwright will each be awarded a watch courtesy of Game Time, the leader in licensed sports watches, available at MLB.com.