You certainly knew already how great Jake Arrieta pitched in September. For his performance he was named Monday as the National League Pitcher of the Month.
He was 4-0 in the month (in five starts, with one no-decision) with an 0.45 ERA in 40 innings pitched. He allowed just 20 hits and four walks and struck out 39 in those innings, and held opposing hitters to a .148 batting average during the month.
The 0.45 ERA was the lowest for any pitcher during September in 11 years, since Johan Santana posted an identical mark for the Twins in September 2004. In the National League, no one had posted a September ERA that low in 20 years, since Greg Maddux had a 0.29 ERA (one earned run in 31 innings) in September 1995. Both of those pitchers won the Cy Young Award in their respective leagues that year, something we hope Jake does when award winners are announced in November.
The MLB press release on this says the winner will receive "a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance."
Congratulations to Jake on yet another well-deserved honor. How about adding some postseason hardware to this one?