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Strasburg Named NL Pitcher of the Month for July

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Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals voted NL Pitcher of the Month for July


MLB-Press Release | 4:54 PM ET/8/3/16

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for July. In five starts last month, Strasburg posted a 4-1 record with a 2.08 ERA (8 ER/34.2 IP) and 37 strikeouts. The hard-throwing right-hander was tied for first among NL hurlers in wins, tied for fifth in strikeouts, and had the seventh-lowest ERA among qualifying NL pitchers.

He allowed just 15 hits and held opposing hitters to a .127 batting average, which was the lowest mark among Major League pitchers with at least 27.0 innings of work last month. Strasburg opened the month of July with back-to-back wins, tossing 6.2 shutouts innings on July 3rd in a 12-1 victory over Cincinnati and fanning nine across 7.0 innings on July 8th in a 3-1 win at Citi Field against the New York Mets.
The 28-year-old improved to 13-0 for the season with 8.0 innings of work in his first start following the All-Star break, fanning 10 while walking one in a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 15th. With the victory, the All-Star became just the eighth starter in Major League history to begin a season at least 13-0 and the first since teammate Max Scherzer opened the 2013 campaign by going 13-0 with Detroit. The last NL hurler to open a season with a record of 13- 0 or better was Rube Marquard, who started the 1912 season by going 18-0 for the New York Giants.

Strasburg capped his stellar month with 7.0 shutout innings on July 27th, fanning seven and issuing two walks en route to a 4-1 victory at Cleveland. This is the second career Pitcher of the Month honor for Strasburg, who also won for April 2012. Other pitchers receiving votes were:

San Francisco’s Madison Bumgarner (1-2, 1.75 ERA, 44 SO, 36.0 IP); Strasburg’s teammate Scherzer (2-1, 1.32 ERA, 39 SO, 34.0 IP); Adam Wainwright (3-0, 1.77 ERA, 31 SO, 35.2 IP) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Cincinnati’s Anthony DeSclafani (4-0, 3.82 ERA, 37 SO, 37.2 IP); Miami’s Adam Conley (3-0, 1.82 ERA, 27 SO, 29.2 IP); Colorado’s Jon Gray (2-1, 1.89 ERA, 31 SO, 33.1 IP); Milwaukee’s Zach Davies (3-0, 1.71 ERA, 17 SO, 26.1 IP); and Kenley Jansen (0-0, 8 SV, 1.35 ERA, 20 SO, 13.1 IP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The National League Pitcher of the Month for July, Stephen Strasburg, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.