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Jair Jurrjens of the Atlanta Braves voted National League Pitcher of the Month for September10/06/2009 3:00 PM ET
By mlb / MLB.com
Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens, who posted a 4-1 record last month, has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for September. This is his first Pitcher of the Month Award.
In five starts last month, Jurrjens posted a 4-1 record with a 1.25 ERA through 36.0 innings pitched while notching 21 strikeouts with only 11 walks. On September 11th, Jurrjens tossed a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings (matching a career-high last achieved 6/26/09 vs. Boston), for a 1-0 victory in St. Louis. In that outing, the Willemstad, Curacao native stuck out seven and faced just eight batters over the minimum. After winning consecutive starts against the New York Mets on September 17th and 22nd, the 23-year-old threw seven shutout innings in a 4-0 victory over the Florida Marlins on September 28th, earning his fourth consecutive win. During that stretch, Jurrjens posted a 0.62 ERA and held opponents to a .210 batting average. His 14 victories are a new career-best.
Other pitchers receiving votes were Jurrjens' Atlanta teammate Javier Vazquez, who went 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA and 46 strikeouts, and San Diego Padres right-hander Kevin Correia, who went 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA.
Others considered were Cincinnati Reds starter Bronson Arroyo and Chicago Cubs hurler Ryan Dempster. Jair Jurrjens will receive a specially-designed trophy and a Sharp AQUOS full HD LCD-TV to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.
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