#Cubs Arrieta, Bryant win top NL honors for August

Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant were both honored on Thursday. Arrieta was named the National  League pitcher of the month for August, while Bryant was named top NL rookie of the month.

Arrieta went 6-0 in six August starts, posting a 0.43 ERA (2 ER/42 1/3 IP). His ERA was the lowest among qualifying ML pitchers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Arrieta became the first pitcher to go 6-0 in six starts with an ERA
below 0.75 in a calendar month since Jim Kaat went 6-0 with a 0.35 ERA in September 1974 for the White Sox. Arrieta is the first NL pitcher to do so since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in consecutive months in 1968, going 6-0 over six starts with a 0.50 ERA in both June and July.

Arrieta capped the month with his first career no-hitter on Sunday against the Dodgers, striking out 12. The no-hit effort marked the third consecutive outing in which Arrieta did not give up an earned run. He currently leads the Majors in wins and ranks second among qualifying pitchers with a 2.11 ERA.

Bryant hit .330 (33-for-100) in August, good for third among NL rookies, while his seven homers and 20 RBI both were tied for second behind teammate Kyle Schwarber. Bryant had the League’s highest rookie slugging percentage (.620), while his .422 on-base percentage and 62 total bases were tops among all ML rookies. He also ranked among League rookie leaders in runs scored and hits.

Bryant, 23, currently ranks first among all ML rookies and leads his team with 12 game-winning RBI and 22 go-ahead RBI this season. It’s his second such honor; he also was voted NL Rookie of the Month for May.


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You`ll forgive me if someone has already commented on this, and I missed it. We are fortunate Paul Goldschmidt is not in the Snakes` lineup today because he`s on a `paternity leave.` His offensive numbers are impressive and he`s been mentioned as a candidate for NL MVP, although I doubt he`ll be considered if his team finishes as an `also ran,`which is what I expect, no matter how stellar Goldy`s final numbers are. Daniel Murphy, the Mets` second baseman, took much heat when he missed the very first two games of this 2015 season for his own `paternity leave.` Mike Francesa was one of the NY radio personalities who denounced Daniel`s decision. I`ve heard no such controversy surrounding Goldy`s `leave of absence.` In fact, I encourage Paul to take an extra day (Saturday), as I believe MLB permits three days total for this purpose.

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