Fernandez, Blackmon share NL Player of the Week honors
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez and Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon were recognized as the National League Players of the Week at the conclusion of the 2014 season's first week of action.
Fernandez, the reigning NL rookie of the year, won both of his starts and tied for the league lead with 17 strikeouts, allowing only one earned run over his first 12 2/3 innings pitched. He bested the Rockies on Opening Day, going six innings, fanned nine and allowed one run in a 10-1 triumph, then struck out eight Padres over 6 2/3 frames in a 5-0 decision on Apr. 5.
The 21-year-old Cuban became the first hurler voted the top NL rookie and then start his club's first game of the season since John Montefusco of the Giants in 1975 and '76.
Blackmon scorched Senior Circuit pitching to the tune of a .542 batting average (13-for-24) over seven games, tying for the top spot by racking up a .560 on-base percentage, placing third in slugging percentage (.792) and ranking fifth with 19 total bases.
His premium performance of the week came in a series-opening 12-2 win over Arizona on Apr. 4, tying a franchise record with six hits in a 6-for-6 effort at the plate which included three doubles, one homer and five RBI. Only Andres Galarraga (July 3, 1995) accomplished the feat prior.
Other players considered were San Francisco's Brandon Belt, Miami's Casey McGehee and Giancarlo Stanton, and Los Angeles Dodgers hurler Zack Greinke.
04/07 16:09:00 ET