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Ian Happ, Gerrit Cole named W.B. Mason Players of the Week

Stevie Wilkerson makes a home run-robbing catch to claim Play of the Week
September 30, 2019

Second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs has been chosen the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network. Happ earned his

Second baseman/outfielder Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs has been chosen the W.B. Mason National League Player of the Week and All-Star starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has been named the W.B. Mason American League Player of the Week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Happ earned his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the second Cub winner this season, following his teammate Kris Bryant (September 16th). Cole also claimed his first career weekly honor and is the fourth different Astro to win this season, joining his teammates George Springer (May 13th), Yuli Gurriel (July 8th) and Justin Verlander (September 3rd). Houston joined the Colorado Rockies (Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, Charlie Blackmon, Daniel Murphy) and Oakland Athletics (Mike Fiers, Marcus Semien, Ramón Laureano, Mark Canha) as the only Clubs in the Majors this season to have four different weekly winners.

In recognition of their Player of the Week Awards, Ian Happ and Gerrit Cole will each be awarded a specially engraved watch courtesy of Artinian.

Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs (@ihapp_1)

• Batted .455 (10-for-22) with six runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI, two walks and a 1.136 slugging percentage over six games played.

• Posted a seven-game hitting streak from September 21st-28th, including three multi-hit efforts and five outings with at least two RBI.

• Logged a pair of three-hit games on Friday and Saturday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Registered two doubles and a home run on Friday, and posted his first multi-homer game of the season on Saturday.

• Across 26 games played (nine starts) in September, posted a slash line of .311/.348/.672 with 10 extra-base hits and 17 RBI.

Gerrit Cole, Houston Astros (@gerritcole45)

• Made two starts for the Astros, earning the victory in both with 24 strikeouts and a 0.75 ERA across 12.0 innings pitched. Permitted just six hits, two walks and a home run. Was also named AL Pitcher Month for September, his third monthly honor of the 2019 campaign.

• Delivered one of his best starts of the season on Tuesday, tossing 7.0 scoreless innings with 14 strikeouts while not allowing a walk and surrendering just two hits.

• In the second start of his award-winning week, tossed 5.0 innings of one-run ball with 10 strikeouts to earn his 20th win of the season. The outing marked his ninth consecutive double-digit strikeout effort, the longest such streak in Major League history.

• Finished his outstanding season with a Major League-leading 326 strikeouts, an Astros franchise record and the most by a right-handed Major League hurler since Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan (341) in 1977.

Other noteworthy NL performances last week included outfielder Gerardo Parra (.615, 8 H, 2 2B, 2 HR) and shortstop Trea Turner (.400, 8 R, 12 H, 7 XBH) of the Washington Nationals; infielder Brad Miller (.455, 6 R, 5 HR, 8 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies; rookie outfielder Tommy Edman (.407, 7 R, 11 H, 3 XBH) and September’s NL Pitcher of the Month Jack Flaherty 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.0 IP, 17 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; outfielder Jon Berti (.344, 5 R, 11 H, 5 SB) of the Miami Marlins; All-Star starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SO, 2 H) of the New York Mets; and outfielder Joc Pederson (.375, 6 R, 4 HR, 6 RBI) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Other noteworthy AL performances were All-Star shortstop Xander Bogaerts (.474, 9 H, 2 BXH, 7 RBI) and third baseman Rafael Devers (.393, 6 R, 11 H, 5 XBH) of the Boston Red Sox; second baseman Rougned Odor (.286, 6 R, 5 XBH, 12 RBI) of the Texas Rangers; first baseman Ji-Man Choi (.429, 2 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBI) and All-Star starting pitcher Charlie Morton (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 9 SO, 1 H) of the Tampa Bay Rays; first baseman Rowdy Tellez (.348, 8 R, 3 2B, 2 HR) of the Toronto Blue Jays; outfielders Austin Hays (.320, 6 R, 2 2B, 2 HR) and Trey Mancini (.400, 5 R, 10 H, 3 XBH) of the Baltimore Orioles; and Gerrit’s All-Star teammates Alex Bregman (.368, 5 R, 2 2B, 2 HR) and Zack Greinke (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 8.1 IP, 9 SO).

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Outfielder Stevie Wilkerson of the Baltimore Orioles earned his first career Play of the Week honor, and the third for the Orioles this season, following his teammates Anthony Santander (June 8th) and last week’s winner Austin Hays (September 22nd). With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning of a tied contest in yesterday’s tilt against the Boston Red Sox, Wilkerson ranged back to deep right field before leaping at the wall to rob Jackie Bradley Jr. of a home run. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Albert Almora Jr.’s home run-robbing catch; Kevin Kiermaier’s fully-extended diving catch in left-center field; Mookie Betts’ strong throw from deep-right field to retire the runner at third base; Lorenzo Cain’s home run-robbing catch; and Billy Hamilton’s diving catch in right-center field.