Riding another hot streak, Jake Arrieta named NL Pitcher of the Month


Jake Arrieta isn't quite making history the way he did in the second half of 2015, but the Cubs pitcher has been on another incredible roll.

Major League Baseball awarded Arrieta the National League Pitcher of the Month honor Sunday morning after he went 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in six August starts, striking out 37 batters in 37.1 innings.

Arrieta had a superhuman stretch in the second half of 2015, setting an MLB record with an 0.75 ERA as he went 12-1 and only allowed 78 baserunners in 107.1 innings to key the Cubs' surge into the playoffs. He also beat out Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke for the NL Cy Young Award and was named PItcher of the Month in both August and September that season.

This season, Arrieta has a 1.59 ERA in the second half and is 6-1 with a 0.97 WHIP. But he's having the same effect on his team as the Cubs have found their rhythm since the All-Star Break and look poised to make another run into October.

Arrieta, meanwhile, has succeeded in shutting up doubters as he has risen above a dip in velocity and found his consistency as he gears up for what he hopes will be a monster contract in free agency this winter.

On the season as a whole, the 31-year-old Arrieta is 14-8 with a 3.36 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 27 starts. The Cubs are not utilizing him like they did in 2015, however, when he ran into a wall in the NLDS and NLCS. After back-to-back deep postseason runs, Joe Maddon is thinking big picture and taking out Arrieta earlier in ballgames, as he's only surpassed 100 pitches six times in 27 starts.

Arrieta will also get an extra day in between outings with Mike Montgomery staying in the rotation for another start Sunday against the Atlanta Braves.

Corey Kluber, whom the Cubs faced three times in the World Series last fall, won the AL Pitcher of the Month award after winning five games with 54 strikeouts and a 1.96 ERA in August.

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