On Monday, making his 15th start of the season, Liriano dispatched a dangerous St. Louis Cardinals lineup, allowing four hits and one run over 7.0 innings of work to earn his 11th win of the season in a 9-2 victory. The 29- year-old fanned eight while walking just two. On Saturday, Liriano improved to 12-4 with a 2.02 ERA on the season after tossing 7.0 shutout innings, permitting just two hits, in a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park.
According to Elias, the performance put Liriano in a class of just three Bucs pitchers in the modern era to win 12-ormore games and post an ERA under 2.25 in his first 16 starts of a season, joining Rip Sewell in 1943 (12-2, 2.22 ERA) and Dock Ellis in 1971 (12-3, 2.24).
The San Cristobal, Dominican Republic native is tied for fourth in wins among N.L. pitchers despite not making his 2013 debut until May 11th. He has held opposing hitters to a .205 batting average this season.
This is his second weekly award, having won previously as a member of the Minnesota Twins for the week ending May 8, 2011 after throwing a no-hitter on May 3rd at Chicago (A.L.).