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Matt Capps named winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month award for April05/03/2010 1:34 PM ET
Matt Capps of the Washington Nationals has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for April, it was announced today. This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Capps finished the month with a Major League-best 10 saves, converting each of his save opportunities in 12 games pitched. In 13.1 innings of work, Matt posted a 0.68 ERA and allowed 12 hits with six walks and 15 strikeouts. The 26-year-old right-hander held opposing hitters to a .226 batting average and surrendered just one home run in his first month with the Nationals. Capps set a club single-season best and a career-best mark for April saves and consecutive save conversions to begin a season. In addition, Capps registered the second-largest single-month save total in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only Chad Cordero's 15 saves in June 2005. On April 21st against the Colorado Rockies, Capps yielded a hit with a walk and three strikeouts in the ninth inning, preserving a 5-2 Nationals victory. The Douglassville, Georgia native tossed a season-high 2.0 scoreless innings on April 24th against the Los Angeles Dodgers, permitting two hits with four strikeouts. Capps, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the seventh round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, signed as a free agent with Washington in January. In 2009, Matt collected a career-best 27 saves in his final season for the Pirates, converting 27-of-32 save opportunities.
Other relievers receiving votes included Mariano Rivera (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 7 SV, 10 G, 9.0 IP, 2 BB, 9 SO) of the Yankees; Detroit's Jose Valverde (0-1, 0.75 ERA, 7 SV, 13 G, 12.0 IP, 5 BB, 6 SO); Boston's Jonathan Papelbon (1-1, 2.25 ERA, 7 SV, 11 G, 12.0 IP, 8 BB, 9 SO); Minnesota's Jon Rauch (1-0, 1.80 ERA, 7 SV, 9 G, 10.0 IP, 2 BB, 7 SO); and Francisco Cordero (1-1, 2.70 ERA, 9 SV, 14 G, 13.1 IP, 7 BB, 13 SO) of the Reds.
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