Starting pitcher Steven Matz of the New York Mets has been voted the National League Rookie of the Month for May.
In five starts last month, Matz led all Major League rookies with four wins (4-0), a 1.83 ERA (7 ER/34.1 IP), and a .180 opponents' batting average, while recording the third-most strikeouts among NL rookies (31). The 25-year-old native of Stony Brook, New York, tossed a career-high 8.0 scoreless innings, scattering four hits and fanning seven while issuing one walk, in a 2-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on May 25th. It was Matz's seventh win in as many starts (dating back to April 17th) and marked his seventh consecutive start in which he allowed two runs-or-fewer. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only four other rookies since 1920 have won at least seven consecutive starts while allowing no more than two runs in each: Boo Ferriss (eight in 1945), Fernando Valenzuela (eight in 1981), Cal Eldred (seven in 1992) and Jered Weaver (seven in 2006). Matz tied a career high (done five times) with an eight-strikeout performance on May 20th, leading his club to a 3-2 win over Milwaukee with 7.0 innings of three-hit ball. The southpaw earned his fifth victory of the season on May 9th, allowing two runs over 6.0 innings of work in New York's 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Matz fanned eight in 7.2 shutout innings on May 4th in an 8-0 win over Atlanta. He allowed just two hits in the contest, while not allowing a walk. This is his first career monthly award, and he joins teammate Jacob deGrom (July and September 2014) and Justin Turner (May 2011) as the only Mets to win an NL Rookie of the Month Award.
Other rookies receiving votes included Corey Seager (.301, 19 R, 34 H, 7 HR, 15 RBI, .540 SLG, .352 OBP) and Trayce Thompson (.270, 12 R, 17 H, 6 HR, 14 RBI, .603 SLG, .352 OBP) of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The National League Rookie of the Month for May, Steven Matz, will receive a specially designed trophy, suitably engraved, to commemorate his performance.