Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Beckett Earns POW Award

If you look to the right of Beckett, you can see A.J. Ellis' last moment of joy.

Along with Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals, Josh Beckett's no-hitter has earned him a Player of the Week Award:

Beckett, 34 years old, became the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter since 40-year-old Randy Johnson threw a perfect game against the Braves in 2004. The right-hander also joined an honor roll of six other players -- Johnson, Dave Stewart, Don Larsen, Lew Burdette and Hall of Famers Bob Gibson and Sandy Koufax -- who have won the World Series Most Valuable Player and thrown a no-hitter in their careers.

Beckett also won his other start last week, finishing the week with a 2-0 record and a 2.57 ERA. He previously won the American League Player of the Week Award in July 2009 when he was with Boston.

Beckett's achievement comes one week after Yasiel Puig's POW award. (As of this post's writing, the site hadn't been updated for Puig's week [update: it now has been updated to show both Puig and Beckett], but the never-inaccurate* Wikipedia entry has the details.) It definitely seems like the Dodgers might be starting to get some momentum (finally), right?

Congrats, Josh!

(*) Except when it's not accurate. Photo: Eric Hartline / USA TODAY Sports


Fred's Brim said...

Thanks for the jinx, Saxy. Here comes a 3-game losing streak

Steve Sax said...

What could possibly go wrong?