The Braves’ Max Fried and the Athletics’ Frankie Montas have actually been on a roll considering that the All-Star break and ended up the routine season with a strong September. On Monday, they were called the National League and the American League Pitchers of the Month, respectively.
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Fried was almost untouchable down the stretch as he permitted just one made run over his last 3 starts, covering 23 innings. That stretch consisted of a Sept. 24 gem versus the Padres which ended with Fried finishing up his 2nd nothing of the season.
Through 6 September begins, Fried taped a 1.54 PERIOD, a 0.73 WHIP and a .490 challenger OPS to assist the Braves protect their 4th successive NL East title. He is the very first Brave to be called Pitcher of the Month considering that Kris Medlen in September 2013.
The month was a fitting conclusion to an outstanding 2nd half for the 27-year-old. Fried got in the All-Star break with a 4.71 PERIOD and a .427 challenger punching portion. In 14 starts after the break, he pitched to a 1.74 PERIOD and minimal batters to simply .290 slugging.
Montas experienced a comparable turn-around in Oakland. He cut his PERIOD by majority (4.41 to 2.17) and minimized his challenger OPS by more than 150 points after the break (.737 to .575).
He published a 2.19 PERIOD through 6 starts in September. He went 7 innings in 3 of those starts after going that deep into a video game just 4 times in his very first 27 trips this season. The emphasize was his Sept. 19 start versus the Angels, in which Montas allowed simply one hit throughout 7 nothing frames.
Montas is the 2nd A’s pitcher to make the month-to-month honor this season; Sean Manaea was the AL’s recipient for June.