September proved to be a good month for two of the Nationals' top pitchers.
Ace Stephen Strasburg and reliever Sean Doolittle were both awarded for their excellent pitching performances throughout the month. Strasburg was named the NL Pitcher of the Month while Doolittle was named the NL Reliever of the Month.
During September, Strasburg made five starts for the Nationals, where he was practically untouchable. He went 4-0 with an 0.83 ERA and struck out 40 batters. Prior to September, Strasburg went 20 straight innings without allowing a single run.
The streak finally came to an end on Sept. 17, but not before Strasburg had set a Nationals franchise record with 35 scoreless innings.
After the streak was broken, Strasburg allowed only two doubles during the rest of the month. He was also the only pitcher to post an opp SLG below .200 in September.
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With the regular season in the books, Strasburg finished with a 15-4 record, a 2.52 ERA and his third ever NL monthly pitching award. With the Nats looking to make a run deep in the playoffs, Strasburg will likely be a major asset for them moving forward.
Doolittle has also proven to be an asset for the Nats. His quality pitching in September earned him his first ever NL monthly pitching award.
The left-handed pitcher made eight saves for the Nationals in September as a reliever. Doolittle also had a 1.64 ERA and a .158 opponent batting average during the month.
The reliever also denied opposing batters of any runs in nine of his 11 appearances. He even prevented any earned runs in 10 of those 11 games. His quality play throughout September earned him his first ever NL monthly pitching award.
Since joining the Nationals from Oakland in mid-July, Doolittle has proven to be one of the team's most reliable pitchers.
With the playoffs set to start on Friday, Strasburg and Doolittle will likely be major factors for the Nats in their series against the Chicago Cubs.