December 11, 2019

Harper, Scherzer take home National League monthly honors for May

The Washington Nationals had the National League’s best player and pitcher in the month of May.

Bryce Harper took home Player of the Month honors, while Max Scherzer was named Pitcher of the month.

Harper and Scherzer are the sixth and seventh Nationals players to earn the monthly honors, joining Chad Cordero (June, 2005), Stephen Strasburg (April, 2012), Gio Gonzalez (May, 2012), Jordan Zimmermann (July, 2012) and Jayson Werth (July 2013, July 2014).

From the press releases:

On the heels of a record-setting May that thrust him into the Major League lead in multiple offensive statistical categories, Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Month on Wednesday. Major League Baseball made the announcement.

Currently leading the Major Leagues in home runs (T1st, 18), walks (45), slugging percentage (.718), OPS (1.188) and at-bats per home run (9.44), Harper also ranks tied for second in MLB in RBI (44), second in on-base percentage (.470), and second in runs (1st in the NL) with 43.

With 13 home runs in 26 May games – including a streak of six in a three-game span – Harper set a Nationals record (2005-present) for the most home runs hit in a single month. The baker’s dozen topped the previous Nationals mark of 12, set by Alfonso Soriano in May, 2006. Harper also became the 10th youngest player in Major League history to hit three home runs in one game, which he accomplished on May 6 vs. the New York Mets.

Harper, who won back-to-back National League Player of the Week awards last month, on May 11 and May 18, hit .360 (31-for-86) with a .495 on-base percentage and .884 slugging percentage during the month. He clubbed four doubles, one triple, 13 home runs, 28 RBI, 22 walks, two stolen bases and 24 runs scored. The 22-year-old — who led the Nationals with five game-winning RBI and six go-ahead RBI last month — drove in multiple runs in seven games, including two five-RBI performances (May 6 vs. NYM and May 8 vs. ATL) and one four-RBI day (May 17 at SDP).

Harper reached base safely in all but three of the games he played in last month (23 of 26) and reached base safely at least twice in 12 consecutive games from May 6-19, the longest such stretch in the Major Leagues this season. It was also the longest stretch of Harper’s career, and in Nationals history (2005-present).

 

Following six dominant starts in the month of May, Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer was named the National League Pitcher of the Month on Wednesday. Major League Baseball made the announcement.

Scherzer went 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA during the month of May – the best record and lowest ERA among National League starters who threw at least 40.0 innings last month.

Throwing at least seven innings in each of his six May starts, Scherzer tied a Nationals record (2005-present) with eight consecutive starts (dating to April 17) of at least seven innings of work. He matched Livan Hernandez’s stretch of eight straight from June 20-July 31, 2005. Scherzer and Phillies left-hander Cole Hamels were the only National League pitchers to throw 43.0 innings or more in May.

After a loss to open the month (4-0 at NYM), Scherzer picked up the win in five consecutive starts and held his opponent to one run or fewer in four of those five outings. He closed the month with a flourish, topping the Chicago Cubs on May 27 at Wrigley Field, 3-0, with seven shutout innings and 13 strikeouts.

Scherzer, who struck out 10 or more batters in four of his six starts last month, posted 56 strikeouts and just six walks in May, a 9.33 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and struck out 11.72 batters per nine innings of work. He held opponents to a .208 batting average and a miniscule 0.91 WHIP.

Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher named NFC Defensive Player of the Month

Redskins captain London Fletcher celebrates a big stop against the Cowboys in Week 17. (photo by Brian Murphy)

Redskins Press Release:

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – The National Football League announced today that Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher has been named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December. The selection is the first of his career and makes him the fifth defensive player in team history to receive NFC Defensive Player of the Month honors.

Fletcher is the first Redskin on either side of the ball since running back Clinton Portis (October 2008) to win Player of the Month honors. He is the third Redskins linebacker to win the award and the first since Marcus Washington was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for December during the 2005 season.

In five games in December, Fletcher compiled 61 tackles (37 solo), three interceptions, two sacks and four passes defensed, all according to coaches’ film. In addition, the Redskins went undefeated in December, winning five games during the month for the first time in team history. He was the only NFL player to have at least two sacks and three interceptions during the month.

Fletcher finished the regular season with a team-high 188 tackles (112 solo), a career-high five interceptions, three sacks, three forced fumbles and 14 passes defensed, all according to coaches’ film. His five interceptions were the most among NFL linebackers in 2012. He also extended his consecutive games played streak to 240, tied with Tampa Bay’s Ronde Barber for the second-longest among defensive players since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger (Bill Romanowski – 243). 2012 marked the 14th consecutive season in which Fletcher recorded at least 100 stops, dating back to 1999 when he was in his second season with the St. Louis Rams. That is the longest streak current streak among all NFL players. Coaches have credited him with 2,446 tackles for his career, the second-most among active players.

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