Bryce Harper’s record-setting May at the plate earned him an official MLB award on Wednesday: NL Player of the Month. And Max Scherzer’s dominant performance on the mound also earned him an award: NL Pitcher of the Month.
Harper won the monthly honor, a no-brainer considering his performance throughout May. The Nationals right fielder hit .360 with 13 home runs, 28 RBI, a .495 on-base percentage and 1.379 OPS in 26 games, setting a club record for homers in a single month while taking over the NL lead in several major offensive categories.
Overall, Harper enters play Wednesday hitting .329 with 18 homers, 44 RBI, a .470 on-base percentage and 1.188 OPS.
Harper becomes only the second National to win NL Player of the Month honors, joining fellow outfielder Jayson Werth (who won the award in both July 2013 and 2014).
Scherzer won his award after going 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA in May. He’s the fifth National to win Pitcher of the Month honors, joining Chad Cordero (June 2005), Stephen Strasburg (April 2012), Gio Gonzalez (May 2012) and Jordan Zimmermann (July 2012).
Harper and Scherzer are the first NL teammates to win these awards in the same month since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun and C.C. Sabathia in July 2008.