#Cubs notes: Arrieta honored; Vote Rizzo; TV ratings
Arrieta wins NL Pitcher of the Month for 2nd time
Jake Arrieta was voted the NL Pitcher of the Month for September, the second time he’s won the award this season. The Cubs right-hander is the first NL pitcher to win the award in consecutive months since the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw di so in June and July 2014.
Arrieta was 4-0 in five September outings with a Major League-best 0.45 ERA. He held opposing hitters to a .148 batting average, which was the second-lowest mark among qualifying ML pitchers last month, while ranking fifth among NL hurlers in innings pitched (40.0) and sixth in strikeouts (39). He gave up 20 hits during the month and issued only four walks.
Arrieta’s September ERA was the lowest by a Major League pitcher during the month of September since
the Twins’ Johan Santana notched the same mark in September 2004 during his Cy Young Award-winning
campaign. The last NL pitcher to post a September ERA of 0.45 or lower was Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, who
had a 0.29 ERA in 1995 with the Braves during his Cy Young Award-winning season.
Arrieta capped September with seven shutout innings, permitting one hit in a 4-0 win over the Pirates at Wrigley
Field on Sept. 27. In the outing, Arrieta extended his Wrigley scoreless streak to 40 2/3 innings, which,
according to the Elias Sports Bureau, is the longest such streak at Wrigley in its 101-year history. The previous
best streak was held by Hall of Famer Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals, who tossed 37-scoreless frames at
the historic ballpark spanning the 1965 and ‘66 seasons.
With the strong September, Arrieta finished the season with a Major League-best 22 wins (22-6) and a 1.77 ERA, which was baseball’s second-lowest mark.
Rizzo a Hank Aaron nominee
The Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo is one of 30 finalists for the 2015 Hank Aaron Award, which was announced Monday by Major League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media. Fans can vote for the winner online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites. Combined, the nominees have been named All-Stars 90 times, including 16 2015 All-Stars.
For the sixth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.
Continuing through Oct. 11, fans will have the opportunity to select one AL and one NL winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2015 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2015 World Series.
Comcast SportsNet sees boost
Comcast SportsNet posted big year-to-year television ratings increases in overall Chicago market households and in every key demographic category, along with scoring significant TV ratings increases for its surrounding pre/postgame programming.
Comcast SportsNet’s Cubs television ratings averaged a 3.32 household rating in 2015 (approx. 112,317 Chicago market TV households tuning in per game) — a 121% increase over 2014’s 1.50 final household season average. More than 60,000 Chicago market TV homes tuned in per game this season compared to last season.