Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves named the National League Pitcher of the Month for September/October; Frankie Montas Of The Oakland Athletics named the American League Pitcher Of The Month for September/October

October 4th, 2021

Max Fried of the Atlanta Braves has been voted the National League Pitcher of the Month for September/October, and Frankie Montas of the Oakland Athletics has been named the American League Pitcher of the Month for September/October. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network. Fried earned his first career NL Pitcher of the Month Award and is Atlanta’s first recipient since Kris Medlen in September 2013. Montas similarly claimed his first career AL Pitcher of the Month Award and is Oakland’s second winner of the 2021 campaign, following his rotation-mate Sean Manaea (June).

Max Fried, Atlanta Braves (@maxfried)

• Across six starts, delivered a 3-0 record with a 1.54 ERA and 36 punchouts across 41.0 innings pitched. Permitted just 23 hits, three home runs and seven walks.

• Pitched the second complete-game shutout of his career on September 24th against the San Diego Padres (also August 20th). Became the first Braves starter with multiple shutouts in a single season since Shelby Miller in 2015.

• Earned his 13th victory of the season in his final outing on September 29th. Marked his 12th consecutive quality start dating back to July 28th. Was the only pitcher in Baseball to post a streak longer than 11 straight starts in 2021.

• Registered a 17.2-inning scoreless streak across his final three starts, the longest such run of his career.

Frankie Montas, Oakland Athletics (@fmontas100)

• Posted a 3-0 record with a 2.19 ERA across six starts. Recorded a 40:15 strikeout-towalk ratio while allowing 26 hits over 37.0 innings of work.

• Was dominant in his final three starts of the season, allowing just a single earned run across 20.0 innings pitched. Tallied 22 punchouts while allowing just seven hits and eight walks.

• Since the 2021 Midsummer Classic, compiled a 5-2 record with 102 strikeouts, 29 walks and a 2.17 ERA over 14 outings.

• Finished his strong season with 207 strikeouts on the year, the second-most in franchise history behind only Vida Blue’s 301-punchout campaign during his MVP and Cy Young Award-winning 1971 season. Marked the fifth 200- strikeout performance overall in team history.

Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included Ranger Suárez (2-1, 1.15 ERA, 39.0 IP, 42 SO) and All-Star Zack Wheeler (3-1, 1.47 ERA, 30.2 IP, 39 SO) of the Philadelphia Phillies; Julio Urías (5-0, 2.06 ERA, 35.0 IP, 35 SO) and All-Star Max Scherzer (3-0, 2.29 ERA, 48 SO, 3 BB) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; Adam Wainwright (4-0, 3.44 ERA, 36.2 IP, 19 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; and Adrian Houser (3-0, 1.50 ERA, 30.0 IP, 19 SO) of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Others receiving votes for AL Pitcher of the Month included September/October AL Rookie of the Month winner Alek Manoah (4-0, 3.38 ERA, 37.1 IP, 41 SO) of the Toronto Blue Jays; Drew Rasmussen (3-0, 1.50 ERA, 24.0 IP, 16 H) of the Tampa Bay Rays; Michael Pineda (5-0, 1.85 ERA, 24.1 IP, 15 SO) of the Minnesota Twins; rookie Logan Gilbert (1-0, 2.70 ERA, 33.1 IP, 31 SO) of the Seattle Mariners; José Suarez (3-1, 2.97 ERA, 30.1 IP, 24 SO) of the Los Angeles Angels; and Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1, 3.19 ERA, 31.0 IP, 35 SO) of the Boston Red Sox.