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Harper, Scherzer win NL monthly awards

Jun 3, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT

AP

Bryce Harper’s record-setting May at the plate earned him an official MLB award on Wednesday: NL Player of the Month. And Max Scherzer’s dominant performance on the mound also earned him an award: NL Pitcher of the Month.

Harper won the monthly honor, a no-brainer considering his performance throughout May. The Nationals right fielder hit .360 with 13 home runs, 28 RBI, a .495 on-base percentage and 1.379 OPS in 26 games, setting a club record for homers in a single month while taking over the NL lead in several major offensive categories.

Overall, Harper enters play Wednesday hitting .329 with 18 homers, 44 RBI, a .470 on-base percentage and 1.188 OPS.

Harper becomes only the second National to win NL Player of the Month honors, joining fellow outfielder Jayson Werth (who won the award in both July 2013 and 2014).

Scherzer won his award after going 5-1 with a 1.67 ERA in May. He’s the fifth National to win Pitcher of the Month honors, joining Chad Cordero (June 2005), Stephen Strasburg (April 2012), Gio Gonzalez (May 2012) and Jordan Zimmermann (July 2012).

Harper and Scherzer are the first NL teammates to win these awards in the same month since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun and C.C. Sabathia in July 2008.

“That’s what makes it great,” Scherzer said. “He had a month for everybody to recognize. It was really fun to sit there on the bench and watch him do what he does. It’s great that we were both able to accomplish that.”

  1. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:19 PM

    `Q- << [from my cat]

    Congrats, kid! [from me]

    • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:21 PM

      + 9 !

      (figure it out 😉 )

      • natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:22 PM

        Here’s hoping he has that many, Wonk. 😉

      • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:24 PM

        Lions don’t lose sleep figuring out emojis.

      • adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:30 PM

        (of all my comments today, _this_ is the one gathering the most feedback?!?! 😉 )

  2. adcwonk - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:33 PM

    Harper and Scherzer are the first NL teammates to win these awards in the same month since the Brewers’ Ryan Braun and C.C. Sabathia in July 2008.

    May it be the first of many!

    • nats4me - Jun 4, 2015 at 11:22 AM

      And Harper didn’t do it with PEDs, and Scherzer doesn’t have Hand to Mouth disease like CC!

  3. manassasnatsfan - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:41 PM

    Good job Bryce and Max

  4. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 4:44 PM

    Congrats to Max as well.

  5. NatsLady - Jun 3, 2015 at 5:13 PM

    Isn’t there an award for relievers, like “Fireman of the Month” or something like that. Who did better than Storen?

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:06 PM

    Evidently they discontinued it (too bad, I always thought it was a nice sponsor fit):

    http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_reli.shtml

  7. edshelton2013 - Jun 3, 2015 at 6:19 PM

    natsfan1a:
    Loved your cat’s posting!! You should give him/her a blog name and sign them up as a regular contributor.
    As the cat’s owner, we’ll count on you to translate for us.

  8. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:55 AM

    Huh, my comment vanished.

    • Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM

      Cat’s handle will have to be SammyD if they keep doing the Cheshire Posts.

      • natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:54 AM

        My vanished post had “hairballfan1a,” which he didn’t seem to like, and “Rhubarb” as possibilities.

        Also as noted in the vanished post, his in-game commentary would be something like

        zzzz

        huh? I’m watching. That guy runs pretty fast

        zzz

        wha? I was resting my eyes. We got any treats?

  9. natsfan1a - Jun 4, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    Come to think of it, my in-game commentary might be similar, if I did in-game commentary.

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