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Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman named AL Reliever of the Month for September

Aroldis Chapman NYY pitching in 2016 By Keith Allison on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for September, and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been voted the American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for September.

Chapman made 11 appearances for the Yankees and converted each of his six save opportunities en route to claiming his third career Reliever of the Month Award, last winning in consecutive months for July-August, 2012. Aroldis, a four-time All-Star, did not surrender an earned run with 17 strikeouts, just two walks and three hits allowed. The hard-throwing left-hander did not permit a home run during his excellent month, retiring 36 of 41 batters faced. With his converted 1.1-inning save on September 13th, the 29-year-old logged the 200th save of his career, becoming the 49th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone, since the save became an official statistic in 1969. On September 19th against the Minnesota Twins, the Holguin, Cuba native recorded his 20th save of the season. Chapman joined Craig Kimbrel of the Boston Red Sox and Kenley Jansen of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the only pitchers in the Majors to reach the 20-save plateau in each season since 2012. Led by their formidable bullpen, the Yankees host the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium in the AL Wild Card Game tomorrow night.

Others receiving votes for AL Reliever of the Month included Chapman’s teammates Chad Green (3-0, 0.75 ERA, 12.0 IP, 17 SO) and David Robertson (3-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 G, 23 SO); Boston’s Kimbrel (0.75 ERA, 4 SV, 12.0 IP, 21 SO); Brad Brach (0-1, 0.73 ERA, 1 SV, 12.1 IP) of the Baltimore Orioles; Dillon Gee (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 11.0 IP, 8 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; Mike Minor (1-0, 0.66 ERA, 6 SV, 14 SO) of the Kansas City Royals; and Ken Giles (0-1, 1.64 ERA, 7 SV, 15 SO) of the Houston Astros.

The National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Sean Doolittle, and the American League Reliever of the Month presented by the Hartford, Aroldis Chapman, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. This is the inaugural season of the Reliever of the Month Awards presented by The Hartford. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The 2017 Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford will again be presented during the World Series.

 

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Nationals closer Sean Doolittle named NL Reliever of the Month for September

Washington Nationals relief pitcher Sean Doolittle has been voted the National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for September, and New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has been voted the American League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford for September.

Doolittle pitched in 11 games during September for the Nationals, converting eight-of-nine save opportunities and striking out 14 opposing batters. The crafty left-hander permitted three walks, surrendered just one home run and allowed two earned runs on six hits over 11.0 innings of work to claim his first career monthly award. Until his final appearance of the 2017 regular season on Thursday, Doolittle did not surrender an earned run in 11 consecutive appearances, dating back to August 29th.

Sean Doolittle (MLBpressbox.com)

Over the course of his impressive stretch, the 41st overall selection in the 2007 MLB Draft notched 13 strikeouts with just three walks and six hits allowed. Sean, who made his first appearance with the Nationals on July 18th, worked in 20 contests for Washington, going 1-0 with 21 saves across 30.0 innings of work. The 31-year-old veteran posted a 2.40 ERA with his new club, tallying more than one strikeout-per-inning with 31 punchouts. The Nationals, who finished the season with the second-best record in the NL with a 97-65 mark, host the defending champion Chicago Cubs at Nationals Park in Game One of the NLDS on Friday night.

Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included Hector Neris (2.57 ERA, 9 SV, 14.0 IP, 21 SO) and Edubray Ramos (1-0, 1.35 ERA, 13.1 IP, 20 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies; All-Star Pat Neshek (1.80 ERA, 12 G, 10.0 IP, 12 SO) of the Colorado Rockies; Brad Hand (1-0, 2.38 ERA, 7 SV, 14 SO) of the San Diego Padres; Jared Hughes (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 G, 10.1 IP) and Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 1.72 ERA, 15.2 IP, 18 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers; All-Star Wade Davis (1-1, 2.77 ERA, 5 SV, 21 SO), Carl Edwards (2-1, 1.50 ERA, 12.0 IP, 16 SO) and Pedro Strop (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 9.2 IP, 11 SO) of the Chicago Cubs; All- Star Kenley Jansen (1.80 ERA, 6 SAV, 10.0 IP, 16 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Zach Duke (1-0, 2.08 ERA, 11 G, 8 SO) and Juan Nicasio (3-0, 1.46 ERA, 4 SV, 12 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals.

The National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Sean Doolittle, and the American League Reliever of the Month presented by the Hartford, Aroldis Chapman, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. This is the inaugural season of the Reliever of the Month Awards presented by The Hartford. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball’s annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The 2017 Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford will again be presented during the World Series.

 

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Yankees slugger Aaron Judge named AL Rookie of the Month for September

 

 

Aaron Judge jogging 2017 By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, CC BY-SA 2.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge has been voted AL Rookie of the Month for the final month of the regular season.

Judge posted a slash line of .311/.463/.889 with 29 runs scored, 28 hits, seven doubles, 15 home runs, 31 RBI, 28 walks and two stolen bases over 27 games played to claim his second career AL Player of the Month Award (also June 2017), as well as his fourth rookie honor of the season. Aaron is the first AL player to earn four rookie honors in a single season since All-Star outfielder Mike Trout accomplished the feat during his AL Rookie of the Year Award-winning 2012 campaign. Among qualified AL leaders, the 25-year-old finished the month first in runs scored, home runs, RBI, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and matched All-Star infielder José Ramírez of the Cleveland Indians for the most extra-base hits (22).

On September 20th against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, Judge went 1-for-3 with a homerun and his 100th RBI of the season. The Fresno State University product became the second rookie in Major League history to record at least 100 runs scored, 100 RBI and 100 walks in a single season, joining Hall of Famer Ted Williams (1939). In addition, the slugging outfielder became the eighth Yankee in team history to accomplish the feat, joining Hall of Famers Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle, as well as Charlie Keller, Jason Giambi, Bernie Williams and George Selkirk. Against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 22nd, the Linden, California native notched his second home run in as many days as part of a multi-hit effort. The first-inning solo shot extended his streak of consecutive games with at least one run scored to 12 contests, dating back to September 9th. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only two other rookies in the past 65 years have posted a longer such streak – eventual Rookie of the Year Albert Pujols (13) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001 and Trout (15) in 2012. Additionally, Judge logged the longest such streak by a Yankees hitter since Johnny Damon’s 12-game streak in 2007. Posting a career-high 15 home runs in the final month of the 2017 regular season campaign, the AL MVP candidate finished his outstanding rookie season with 52 round-trippers, establishing a new Major League record for home runs hit by a rookie in a single season.

 

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Cardinals 1B/OF Jose Martinez named NL Player of the Month for September

Jose Martinez in dugout 2017 photo By Johnmaxmena2 - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https commons.wikimedia.org

 

 

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder/first baseman José Martínez has been voted National League Rookie of the Month for September.

Others receiving votes for NL Rookie of the Month included José’s aforementioned teammate DeJong (.272, 16 R, 13 XBH, 13 RBI); backstop Jorge Alfaro (.290, 4 2B, 4 HR, 9 RBI), first baseman/outfielder Rhys Hoskins (17 R, 5 2B, 7 HR, 23 RBI) and outfielder Nick Williams (.303, 13 R, 7 XBH, 22 RBI) of the Philadelphia Phillies; infielder Ozzie Albies (.297, 16 R, 7 XBH, 15 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; third baseman Christian Villanueva (.344, 11 H, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the San Diego Padres; and outfielder Victor Robles (.261, 6 H, 3 XBH, 4 RBI) of the Washington Nationals.

In recognition of their Rookie of the Month Awards, José Martínez and Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

Martinez posted a slash line of .345/.427/.548 with 12 runs scored, 29 hits, five doubles, four home runs, 18 RBI and 12 walks to earn his first career monthly award. Among qualified NL rookie sluggers with at least 20 at-bats, Martínez finished the month first in on-base percentage; second in batting average; third in hits; tied for third in RBI; fourth in walks; tied for fourth in doubles and slugging percentage; and tied for fifth in home runs and stolen bases. This is the Cardinals’ second Rookie of the Month Award this season, following José’s teammate Paul DeJong, who took home rookie honors in July.

On September 8th against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium, Martínez notched his third multi-hit game of the month to go along with a pair of RBI. Dating back to August 30th, the 29-year-old posted a career-best 10-game hitting streak to lead the Cardinals to a 7-3 record. During his torrid stretch, the La Guaira, Venezuela native slashed .484/.529/.871 with nine runs scored, 15 hits, three doubles, three home runs and eight RBI. Included in his hot stretch at the plate was his second multi- homer game of the season (also June 13th) on September 5th against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. In addition, the right- handed-hitting slugger tallied 72 hits over the course of his first 100 career games played, the most by a Cardinals hitter with 80-or-fewer plate appearances since Matt Adams (74) in 2012-13. Martínez finished his breakout season with a .309/.379/.518 slash line to go along with 47 runs scored, 13 doubles, 14 home runs, 46 RBI and four stolen bases.

 

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Cleveland Indians ace Corey Kluber named AL Pitcher of the Month for September

 

Corey Kluber Indians (2013 photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

 

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for September, and for the second consecutive month, Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Corey Kluber has been voted the American League Pitcher of the Month for September.

In six September starts, Kluber registered a 5-0 record with a 0.84 ERA and an impressive 50:3 strikeout-to-walk ratio en route to earning his fourth career AL Pitcher of the Month Award, and third of the 2017 season (also: June and August). The 31-year-old veteran is the only hurler in the Majors this season to earn three Pitcher of the Month Awards, and is the first pitcher to accomplish the feat since Dallas Keuchel of the Houston Astros during his Cy Young Award-winning 2015 season. The crafty right-hander allowed just 31 hits and three home runs across 43.0 innings of work. Among qualified AL starters, Kluber finished the period first in ERA and innings pitched, tied for first in wins and second in strikeouts.

In his start on September 12th against the Tigers at Progressive Field, Kluber tossed a complete-game shutout to lead the Tribe to their 20th consecutive victory. With the five-hit shutout, the two-time AL All-Star improved to 16-4 on the season. According to Elias, the Stetson University product became the third Indians hurler over the last 65 years to notch at least 16 wins across their first 20 decisions in a season, joining Cliff Lee (2005, 08) and Charles Nagy (1996). On September 17th against the Kansas City Royals, Kluber tossed 7.0 scoreless innings with nine strikeouts and just three hits allowed to propel the Indians to their second consecutive AL Central title. Per Elias, with the outing, the 2014 AL Cy Young Award winner became the third pitcher in Club history to post multiple 250-strikeout campaigns (also 2014), joining ‘Sudden’ Sam McDowell (1965, 68-70) and Hall of Famer Bob Feller (1940-41, 46). With the victory, Cleveland became the third team in MLB history to notch 24 wins across 25 games, joining the 1916 New York Giants, who established the Major League record with 26 consecutive victories in 1916, as well as the 1977 Kansas City Royals. On September 24th against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, the Birmingham, Alabama native did not allow an earned run over 7.0 innings, while tallying 10 strikeouts. The dominant outing marked Kluber’s 15th start of the season with at least 10 punchouts, matching Max Scherzer for the second-most such games across the Majors this season. Cy Young Award candidate Chris Sale of the Boston Red Sox recorded 18 games with at least 10 strikeouts to pace the Majors. In Indians lore, Kluber’s 15 such starts are the second-most in a single season, trailing only McDowell, who posted 17 double-digit strikeout starts in 1965.

Six-time All-Star Justin Verlander (5-0, 1.06 ERA, 34.0 IP, 43 SO) also posted a strong month of September during his first month as a member of the Houston Astros. The 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award winner did not allow more than two earned runs in any start, recording at least 6.0 innings in each outing to lead the Astros to a win in each game he started. Over an eight-start stretch dating back to August 20th, Verlander finished his strong 2017 campaign by winning each of his seven decisions with a 1.31 ERA and 69 strikeouts (nine walks) across 55.0 innings pitched. Corey’s teammate Carlos Carrasco (5-0, 1.48 ERA, 42.2 IP, 51 SO) received votes as well, finishing the season with career-bests in innings pitched (200.0), strikeouts (226) and wins (18).

In recognition of their Pitcher of the Month Awards, Stephen Strasburg and Corey Kluber will each receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments.

 

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