Baseball Players of the Month and Pitchers of the Month (September): Miguel Cabrera and Freddie Freeman, Rick Porcello and Jon Lester

 Congratulations to the Baseball Players of the Month for September 2016, Miguel Cabrera and Freddie Freeman, and to the Baseball Pitchers of the Month for September 2016Rick Porcello and Jon Lester!


Miguel Cabrera batted .347, scoring 20 runs and hitting 10 home runs for 27 RBI over 26 games. This is the sixth time he has won the award in his career, but the first win since September 2014. Cabrera finished second in slugging percentage, tied for second in home runs and RBI, third in on-base percentage, fourth in batting average, and tied for fourth in hits and runs scored among AL hitters with at least 80 at-bats. He became the fourth Tiger to hit 300 home runs and became the fourth-youngest player to reach 2,500 hits in his career during a game against the Cleveland Indians. He surpassed the 100 RBI mark for the fourth time in his career en route to one of his best months ever.
Freddie Freeman
 slugged an NL best .681 and tied for the top mark in the NL with a .385 batting average. He had a 30-game hitting streak from August 24th to September 28th, leading him to career highs in home runs, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage. Freeman had 22 RBIs, nine doubles, 22 runs scored, 68 total bases and six home runs over the course of the month. This is his first Player of the Month award, but he had previously been named Rookie of the Month for July 2011. 

Rick Porcello
posted a 4-1 record with a 2.70 ERA and 37 strikeouts in six starts to earn his first Pitcher of the Month award since May 2009. Porcello became the first Red Sox player to win the award since Clay Buchholz won in April 2013. He pitched the most innings in the month, tied for first in wins, fourth in strikeouts, and tied for seventh in ERA. Runners had trouble getting on the bases as Porcello limited opponents to a .211 batting average and four (!) walks. In September, Porcello also became the first Red Sox pitcher since Josh Beckett in 2007 to record 20 wins in a season. 
Jon Lester took home his second Pitcher of the Month award this year, replicating his amazing June victory. This is Lester’s fifth career victory, following his wins as AL Pitcher of the Month twice in 2008 and again in May 2010 as a Red Sox hurler. Lester posted a 5-0 record in September with a sparkling ERA of 0.48. He pitched the second most innings in the NL over the course of the month, accruing 31 strikeouts while only allowing four walks. He tied his career high in wins with 19. 

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