Kershaw, deGrom share NL Player of Week Award
A pair of high-profile starters on opposite coasts were co-winners of the National League Player of the Week Award on Monday, with the Mets' Jacob deGrom and the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw sharing the honor for the first seven days in June.
It's deGrom's second career weekly honor and Kershaw's sixth.
The two tied for the NL lead in wins (2), innings pitched (15) and strikeouts (18). They also posted an identical 1.20 ERA, which was third lowest among qualifying NL pitchers. They each walked just three batters.
deGrom struck out 10 over seven innings Sunday against the D-backs, winning his fifth in a row. Before surrendering a leadoff double, he had not allowed an extra-base hit in 33 1/3 innings. In deGrom's previous start, on Monday against the Padres, he limited San Diego to two hits and no walks over eight scoreless innings. He joined Cliff Lee (2013) and Ferguson Jenkins (1976) as the only other pitchers in the modern era to strike out eight or more while not walking a batter in three straight games.
Kershaw finished his week with a stellar eight-inning one-hitter against the Cardinals, striking out 11. It was his sixth career start in which he allowed fewer than two hits. In Kershaw's first start of the week, on Monday against the Rockies, he scattered five hits over seven innings. Kershaw leads the NL with 101 strikeouts, and he is second with 80 1/3 innings pitched.