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UPDATED: Harper and Strasburg co-NL players of the week

Sep 21, 2015, 5:23 PM EDT

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UPDATED: 5:23 p.m.

When the Nationals took Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper with back-to-back No. 1 overall picks in 2009 and 2010, the hope was that they would someday provide a dynamic tandem as two of the best players in baseball. For the last week, that was exactly the case, as both earned honors as co-NL players of the week.

For Harper, it’s the third time he’s won the award both this year and in his career. He got the nod in back-to-back weeks from May 4-17.

For Strasburg, it’s the second time in his career. The Nationals have now had 17 NL player of the week honors in team history. Max Scherzer also won the award this season for June 15-21.

“For Stras, he’s feeling healthy and I think the results are because of that. Certainly, he’s pitched great for us,” manager Matt Williams said. “I’m happy that he feels good. It’s been a long season for him.”

Harper batted .519 (14-for-27) with a .576 OBP from Sept. 14-20. He hit five homers with five walks, 10 RBI and 12 runs scored, as the Nationals posted a 6-1 record.

“Harp has had this honor a couple of times during the course of the season. He continues to play well. We’re proud of both of them. Hopefully they continue to do it again this week,” Williams added.

One of Harper’s home runs was his 40th of the season. He is only the second player in Nats history to accomplish that, as Alfonso Soriano had 46 in 2006.

Strasburg made two starts during the week and went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA. He struck out 14 against the Phillies on Sept. 15 and closed the week with 10 strikeouts on Sunday against the Marlins.

Strasburg had 24 strikeouts and only two walks in those two starts combined. He held opponents to a .135 batting average.

Strasburg’s outing in Philly was arguably the best of his career. He went eight shutout innings with only one hit allowed and one walk to go along with the 14 strikeouts, which matched a career-high. Harper had two home runs himself in that game in their best combined performance since the two were drafted into the majors.

  1. natsfan1a - Sep 21, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    Congrats to both.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Sep 21, 2015 at 5:20 PM

    Could they trade the awards for two Ws and two fewer Ls?

    • Joe Seamhead - Sep 21, 2015 at 5:49 PM

      If only.

  3. Joe Seamhead - Sep 21, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Personal records are okay, as far as they go, in my opinion. That said? I really dislike that Alfonso Soriano holds the Nats single season home run record. I always thought of him as somewhat of a mercenary. Bryce Harper is truly a Washington National. Home grown and beloved by the faithful.

    • Section 222 - Sep 21, 2015 at 6:59 PM

      Hey, it’s not Soriano’s fault that Bowden preferred a shot at drafting Josh Smoker rather than re-sign him. 🙂

      Alfonso gave us a lot of thrills during a season that was pretty deadly. I enjoyed those leadoff homers, and his surprisingly good arm from left field (once he finally agreed to play there…).

      • Eugene in Oregon - Sep 21, 2015 at 7:34 PM

        +1

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