Sizzling August nets Arrieta NL pitching honor

Cubs righty posted lowest ERA in Majors last month

Sizzling August nets Arrieta NL pitching honor

CHICAGO -- Jake Arrieta, who went 4-1 with a 1.21 ERA in six starts last month, was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August on Sunday.

Arrieta posted the lowest ERA in the Majors during the month. The right-hander leads the Cubs with 14 wins.

"Our staff in general has been pitching really well, but him especially," Cubs catcher Alex Avila said. "With the movement and the deception he has in his delivery , when he's locating, he's one of the toughest pitchers to square up as a hitter."

In Arrieta's last start against the Pirates, he posted his eighth quality start in nine outings since the All-Star break.

Arrieta on his dominant outing

Arrieta opened the month against the D-backs on Aug. 2 and struck out eight over seven innings, giving up one earned run on three hits. He held opponents to a .201 batting average against.

This is the fourth time Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young Award winner, has won a Pitcher of the Month Award. He also did so in back-to-back months in 2015 (August and September) and in April 2016.

Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.