Next Level Player of the Week
Ethier extended his hit streak to 22 games Monday against the Marlins, tying Joe Torre's single-season record for longest hitting streak in April (1971). Ethier's hit streak is primarily a result of his success hitting fastballs. This season, Ethier is hitting .457 (21-for-46) in at-bats ending with a fastball.
Halladay tied a career high with 14 strikeouts as the Phillies extended their winning streak at San Diego to 11 games. Halladay threw 25 changeups, with 22 (88.0 percent) going for strikes. That is his highest strike percentage with his changeup since 2009 in a start in which he threw more than 10.
Rajon Rondo was dominant in Game 3, dropping a triple-double on the Knicks. For the fourth time in his playoff career, Rondo created more than 40 points with his assists. The primary beneficiaries of Rondo's 20 assists were Paul Pierce (8-11, 20 points off Rondo passes) and Ray Allen (8-13, 21 points off Rondo passes).
Sanchez took a no-hit bid through eight innings before allowing a lead-off single in the ninth. The key to Sanchez's dominating performance? His fastball. Seventy-one of his 123 pitches (57.7 percent) were fastballs. He recorded eight misses on 26 swings (30.8 pct), the third highest miss percentage on his fastball in the past three seasons.
Matsuzaka allowed one hit over eight innings against the Angels, a performance that came on the heels of his seven-inning, one-hit outing against Toronto. Matsuzaka is just the 15th starter in the past 90 years with two consecutive starts of seven innings or more while allowing one hit or fewer in each. Sixty of Matsuzaka's 115 pitches were away, with 13 outs on those pitches, including six strikeouts.
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