Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing the A's Sean Manaea and the and the Orioles' Manny Machado of the American League and the D-backs' Patrick Corbin of the National League as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.Manaea was responsible for one
Major League Baseball recognized last week's top performers on Monday by announcing the A's Sean Manaea and the and the Orioles' Manny Machado of the American League and the D-backs' Patrick Corbin of the National League as the Players of the Week presented by W.B. Mason.
Manaea was responsible for one of the season's biggest highlights by pitching the seventh no-hitter in Oakland A's history on Saturday against a Red Sox team that had won 17 of its first 19 matchups and averaged more than six runs per game in that span. Manaea struck out a career-high-tying 10 batters in the 108-pitch gem.
"Honestly, it still doesn't feel real," Manaea said after the game. "Even after the last out, I couldn't imagine throwing a no-hitter in the big leagues, especially against a team like the Red Sox. It's incredible. I don't even know what to say."
The A's lefty shares the Player of the Week honors in the AL with Machado, who has been red hot at the plate of late. The O's shortstop wrapped the week with two home runs against Indians ace and reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber on Sunday.
Machado hit .500/.560/1.273 (11-for-22) with five home runs, two doubles, eight RBIs and seven runs scored in six games last week.
"He's on top of his game on both sides of the ball for the most part. It's been fun to watch," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
In the NL, Corbin helped the D-backs en route to seven consecutive series wins with a pair of dominant performances last week. He followed up a one-hit shutout against the Giants on Tuesday by striking out 11 batters and holding the Padres to two runs in six innings on Sunday.
"He's amazing," Arizona pitcher Robbie Ray said. "The way he mixes the different speeds on his slider, he's turned it into two pitches really -- a curveball and a slider. He's leading us right now, and we're doing our best to keep up with him."
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.