Strasburg today became the second consecutive Nationals right-hander to earn the league’s Pitcher of the Month Award, honored for his dominant July that was every bit as impressive as his rotation mate’s dominant June.
Strasburg went 5-0 with a 1.14 ERA in five starts, striking out 44 batters while walking only seven in 31 2/3 innings, posting a microscopic 0.92 WHIP. The righty didn’t allow a run in three of his five starts. He also had five hits with a homer and six RBIs at the plate.
All of this came on the heels of Scherzer’s award-winning June, during which the veteran went 6-0 with a 1.00 ERA, 68 strikeouts and five walks.
Scherzer spent much of July on the injured list with an ailing upper back, and though he resumed throwing Friday afternoon his return still is unknown. Strasburg’s performance has helped the Nationals overcome the injury and remain in wild card position in the NL.
This is the fourth Pitcher of the Month Award for Strasburg in his career. He previously won in April 2012, July 2016 and September 2017.