Dodger right hander Zack Greinke has earned the NL Pitcher of the Month honors for August, following teammate Clayton Kerhsaw who won the award in July.
Greinke completed the month with a win in each of his five starts, posting 1.23 earned run average. He allowed only five earned runs in 36 2/3 innings and pitched into the seventh inning in all five starts.
The Dodgers were dominant during August, winning 23 of their 29 contests. As dominant as Greinke was for the month, Kershaw might have been better, posting a microscopic 1.01 ERA while completing 35 2/3 innings.
Late season pickup Ricky Nolasco equaled Greinke’s 5-0 August and struck out 35 batters in 38 1/3 innings. Acquired July 6th from the Marlins, Nolasco finished the month with a 1.64 ERA. Since coming over from Florida, Nolasco is has seven wins in eight decisions.
Each of the three Dodgers starting pitchers received votes for Player of the Month honors.
After breaking his collarbone in a brawl with Arizona on April 11th, Greinke struggled to find his stride. In each of his three starts following his return, Greinke lasted less than six innings. Then thinks clicked for the pitcher who has won 12 of 14 decisions since.
Greinke has dazzled the Dodgers with his bat as well, recording 17 hits in 49 at bats, good for a .347 average.
With Greinke and Kershaw atop the rotation, the Dodgers could return as world champions for the first time since 1988.
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