Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Strasburg wins NL Pitcher of Month

Stephen Strasburg's dominant April earned the right-hander National League Pitcher of the Month honors today.

Strasburg, who went 2-0 with a 1.13 ERA, 34 strikeouts and six walks in five starts, won the award on the votes of media members who regularly cover NL clubs.

The 23-year-old has been credited with a quality start each time he's taken the mound this season and has been charged with zero or one earned run in four of those five starts.

His 1.13 ERA ranks second in the NL at the moment (trailing only the Diamondbacks' Joe Saunders, who carries a 0.90 ERA into tonight's game against the Nationals) and his 34 strikeouts are tied for third-most in the league (behind Cole Hamels and Matt Garza, each with 36).

This award further distances Strasburg from the Tommy John surgery that sidelined him for most of 2011. In 10 total starts now since returning from his torn elbow ligament, Strasburg is 3-1 with a 1.29 ERA, a 58-to-8 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 0.804 WHIP.

Strasburg is the first member of the Nationals to earn league Player, Pitcher or Rookie of the Month honors since closer Chad Cordero was named NL Pitcher of the Month in June 2005. Outfielder Ryan Church also won NL Rookie of the Month in May 2005.

Strasburg is scheduled to make his next start Friday night against the Phillies.

17 comments:

MicheleS said...

WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!!! Just 5 more months and we will give him the CY YOUNG!

(needed to do that was afraid i was getting rusty, ya know, it's been a couple of days)

Kirbs said...

Congrats stras, although it sounds like we are getting shut out tonight......

feelanau said...

Since returning from TJ surgery, Stras has just three wins in 10 starts -- notwithstanding a 1.29 ERA and 58:8 strikeout/walk ratio. What a waste. And still people defend not pursuing some offense, rather than just pitching, during the off-season. Did we really need Edwin Jackson, when we already had Stras, Gio, Jordan, Detwiler, Wang, and Lannan? Nothing against Jackson; he's pitched well. But our problem was, is, and will be, an inability to score. That money would have been better spent on a bat. Instead, we've got retreads and minor leaguers.

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

Look at that picture you have! He's smiling! Good to see!

natsfan1a said...

If memory serves, we've had a few co-players of the month as well. Nice to have it all to oneself. Atta way, donkey. ;-)

natsfan1a said...

Gio was probably behind the photo making faces at him. :-)

SonnyG10 said...

Way to go Stephen!!!

P. Cole said...

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natsfan1a said...

ummm, did they start the game early?

Congrats stras, although it sounds like we are getting shut out tonight......

Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

For a fraction of what Nady costs, they could have kept Soriano.

72/2 is a fraction, right?

Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria is raffling off a Tyler Clippard autographed ball.

Shouldn't that be a Michael Morse "Beast Mode" ball?

Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Didn't Soriano get a POTM when he was here?

Soul Possession, My PFB Hitterish Sofa said...

Nevermind. That was with the Cubs, the following year (June).

natsfan1a said...

Wait, I was thinking of players of the week.

Kirbs said...

No, our offense vs sub 1 era = shut out.

natsfan1a said...

Yeah, you might want to check the box score, Kirbs.

NatsLady said...

Congrats to our Ace. Well deserved. Gio and JZnn next (maybe not this month with the Weaver no-no, oh, wait, he's in the AL...)

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