Let’s forget about that little start Jon Lester had on Saturday for now — because that was in October.
Lester was honored by MLB Monday as the National League pitcher of the month for September, when he posted a 5-0 record with a 0.48 ERA (two earned runs in 37⅔ innings, the second-most innings thrown by anyone in the league in September). He also issued only four walks in those five starts and his WHIP for the month was 0.690. And, he struck out 31 and allowed just one home run.
His season numbers make him a Cy Young candidate. He likely won’t win, though he could finish in the top five in the balloting. He’s done that twice before, finishing fourth in 2010 and 2014.
This is Lester’s second Pitcher of the Month award for 2016, as he also won in June, and his fifth such award in his career.
Congratulations to Lester. Cubs pitchers have picked up quite a bit of hardware this year; in addition to Lester’s two Pitcher of the Month awards, Jake Arrieta won the award in April and Kyle Hendricks got it in August.
Here’s hoping for some more team hardware later this month.