Marquez Claims NL Award as September Pitcher of the Month
German Marquez was selected the NL Pitcher of the Month for September.
But it’s not like he could fully enjoy it.
On the first day of October, Marquez was charged with the loss in Game 163, the Dodgers beating Marquez and the Rockies 5-2 at Dodger Stadium to advance to the post-season as the NL West champion. The Dodgers now host Atlanta in Game 1 of the NL Division Series on Thursday night.
The Rockies, meanwhile, did at least claim the second NL Wild-Card and will play the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night in the one game to decide which of the wild-card entries will advance to the other NL Division Series, which opens Thursday at Milwaukee.
Marquez, charged with four runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings on Monday, dominated NL hitters in September when the Rockies played their way into a tie for the NL West lead with the Dodgers, forcing the Game 163.
Marquez was 3-1 in five starts with a 2.14 ERA and 48 strikeouts, which gave him a franchise record 221 strikeouts for the season. In 33 2/3 innings in September, he allowed 29 hits and five walks, giving up one home run, which was one less than he allowed the Dodgers on Monday.
Among qualified NL starting pitchers, German finished his strong month first in strikeouts; tied for fifth in innings pitched; and tied for ninth in wins. Márquez joined Shawn Chacon (April 2003) and Ubaldo Jimenez (April and May 2010) as the only Rockies to win the monthly honor for pitchers.
Márquez made history in his September 26th start against the Philadelphia Phillies, joining Jim Deshaies (Sept. 23, 1986)and Jacob deGrom (Sept. 15, 2014) as the only pitchers since 1900 to stirke out the first eight batters of a game.
It was Marquez’s 12th consecutive quality start dating back to July 29th, which matched Jiménez (2009) for the second-longest single-season streak in Rockies history. The hard-throwing Márquez compiled a 6-2 record with 109 strikeouts, 15 walks and a 2.16 ERA in 83.1 innings pitched during his dominant stretch.
Others receiving votes for NL Pitcher of the Month included Marquez’s teammate Kyle Freeland (5-0, 2.61 ERA, 38.0 IP, 31 SO); deGrom (2-1, 1.80 ERA, 35.0 IP, 45 SO) of the Mets; Miles Mikolas (5-0, 2.14 ERA, 33.2 IP, 29 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals; Kyle Hendricks (4-1, 1.79 ERA, 40.1 IP, 30 SO) of the Chicago Cubs; and José Ureña (5-0, 1.20 ERA, 30.0 IP, 20 SO) of the Miami Marlins.
MLB September Awards
The Budweiser presents the American League and National League Players of the Month
AL – Mike Trout, LAA
NL – Christian Yelich, MIL
American League and National League Pitchers of the Month
AL – Blake Snell, TB
NL – German Márquez, COL
American League and National League Rookies of the Month
AL – Shohei Ohtani, LAA
NL – Juan Soto, WSH
American League and National League Relievers of the Month presented by The Hartford
AL – Blake Treinen, OAK
NL – Corey Knebel, MIL