Major League Baseball announced Thursday its National League Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Month for August awards. The Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen was named the Player of the Month. The other two awards belonged to a pair of Cubs.
Jake Arrieta was the best pitcher in the NL last month and took home the Pitcher of the Month award for August. Kris Bryant had a sensational August and was tabbed the best rookie in the Senior Circuit for August.
Jake Arrieta was unanimously voted as the National League Pitcher of the Month for August, the first monthly award of his career.
The Cubs had its best August at the big league level in seven years. The Cubs were 19-9 last month, the best mark in August since Lou’s crew posted a 20-8 record in 2008.
Jake Arrieta was named the NL Player of the Week on Monday after tossing the first no-hitter of his career. Arrieta was a perfect 2-0 in starts with a 0.00 ERA and 0.40 WHIP against the Giants and Dodgers that included his first career no-hitter Sunday night at Dodger Stadium. Arrieta struck out 20 batters in 15 innings with two walks and four hits over two starts while not allowing an earned run
For the month, Jake Arrieta was 6-0 in six starts with a 0.43 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. Arrieta allowed four runs, two earned, on 19 hits with 10 walks and 43 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings. For the year, Arrieta is 17-6 in 27 starts with a 2.11 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 2.49 FIP. Arrieta has allowed 49 runs, 43 earned, on 128 hits with 44 walks and 190 strikeouts in 183 innings.
Kris Bryant made an adjustment to his swing and put together his best month in the majors in August. Bryant batted .330/.422/.620 (33-for-100) with six doubles, a triple and seven home runs for a 1.042.
Bryant tied Kyle Schwarber for second among NL rookies in home runs (7) and RBI (20). Bryant led all big league rookies in on-base percentage (.422) and total bases (62).
For the season, Bryant is hitting .269/.369/.487 with 22 doubles, five triples and 22 home runs for a .855 OPS. Bryant has 85 RBI, which is tops on the team.
Kris Bryant was the NL Rookie of the Month for May, this is his second monthly award of his career.
Stephen Piscotty (Cardinals), Cameron Rupp (Phillies), Aaron Nola (Phillies), Raisel Iglesias (Reds) and Arquimedes Caminero (Pirates) also received votes.