#Cubs Arrieta named NL Player of the Week
Jake Arrieta, who threw his first career no-hitter on Sunday, was named National League Player of the Week for Aug. 24-30. He posted a perfect 2-0 record and led the Majors with 20 strikeouts in two starts. In Los Angeles on Sunday night, he held the NL West leading Dodgers hitless in a 2-0 win, striking out 12 and walking one. It was his 17th victory, most in the Major Leagues. He struck out the side in the ninth, and is the first pitcher to finish a no-hitter in such a fashion since Sandy Koufax fanned the last six Cubs he faced in his perfect game in 1965 (Elias Sports Bureau).
According to Elias, Arrieta also is the seventh pitcher in MLB history to toss a no-hitter after being on the losing end of a no-no earlier in the same season. Arrieta’s only loss in his last 14 outings came July 25 when the Phillies’ Cole Hamels no-hit the Cubs.
Arrieta’s no-hitter, coupled with his win at San Francisco last Tuesday, give him 14 straight quality starts, marking the longest such streak by a Cubs pitcher since Hall of Famer Greg Maddux posted 14 in a row in 1992.
Arrieta also is a candidate for Pitcher of the Month in August. He went 6-0 in 6 Gs with an 0.43 ERA (2 ER over 42