Jose Fernandez is getting potential Rookie of the Year voters ready for his close-up after winning the National League Rookie of the Month award for the second consecutive time this season. Fernandez’s dominant August was good enough to seal the deal for the second time in a row, as he won the award in July as well. This August, Fernandez started six games and boasted a 1.15 ERA and 1.78 FIP in 39 innings pitched. He had one stellar performance among the starts, having struck out a career-best 14 batters in his first start in the month. That performance was good enough to earn him potential Top Pitching Performance honors for the month as well.
Fernandez’s numbers were truly ridiculous for the month. He struck out 49 batters, a rate of 32.5 percent of batters faced this month. His total strikeouts were best in the National League and second only to Yu Darvish overall. It is actually the second month in which he has surpassed a 30 percent mark on strikeout rate, having whiffed 30.5 percent of hitters last month.