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Johan Santana of the New York Mets voted National League Pitcher of the Month for September09/29/2008 1:35 PM ET
New York Mets left-hander Johan Santana, who was 4-0 with a 1.83 ERA in the final month of the 2008 regular season, has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for September. During September, Santana tossed 44.1 innings, allowing nine runs on 39 hits with 13 walks and collecting 47 strikeouts. The 29-year-old did not allow more than two runs in any of his six starts, and recorded 10 strikeouts on two occasions (9/1 at MIL and 9/23 vs. CHI). The three-time All-Star hurled a three-hit shutout on three days' rest against the Florida Marlins in his last start of the season on September 27th. Santana became the fifth pitcher since 2000 to post a complete game on three days' rest. The two-time A.L. Cy Young Award winner finished the season 16-7 with a Major League-best 2.53 ERA and 206 strikeouts in 234.1 innings pitched. This marks Johan's sixth career monthly pitcher honor. He won five times in the American League, most recently in July 2006. Other pitchers receiving votes were Houston Astros teammates Roy Oswalt (5-1, 1.42 ERA, 30 SO) and Randy Wolf (4-1, 2.23 ERA, 28 SO); Philadelphia Phillies teammates Brad Lidge (13 SV, 0.71 ERA, 17 SO) and Jamie Moyer (4-0, 3.26 ERA, 17 SO); Derek Lowe (3-0, 0.59 ERA, 19 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Chris Young (3-2, 2.38 ERA, 27 SO) of the San Diego Padres. Johan Santana will receive a specially-designed trophy to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.
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