Others receiving votes for NL Reliever of the Month included closer Brad Ziegler (13 G, 9 SV, 13.0 IP, 6 SO) of the Miami Marlins; closer Fernando Rodney (13 G, 12 SV, 3.00 ERA, 14 SO) of the Arizona Diamondbacks; and Jansen (12 G, 0.75 ERA, 8 SV, 24 SO), June's NL Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford.
Colomé made 12 appearances for the Rays and converted each of his 10 save opportunities en route to claiming his first career Reliever of the Month Award. Alex, who earned his first AllStar selection last season, surrendered one run with 13 strikeouts, just one walk and five hits allowed. The veteran right-hander did not permit a home run during his excellent month, and paced the AL in saves. Alex began his award-winning month in grand fashion, converting each of his five saves with four punchouts without permitting a hit and yielding just a single walk. On Wednesday night against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium, the Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native extended his Major League lead with his 40th save of the season. On pace for 48 saves, the 28-year-old is attempting to become the first pitcher in franchise history to pace the Majors in saves. In addition, Colomé became the sixth reliever in Club history to reach the 40-save milestone, joining his teammate Brad Boxberger (41 in 2015), Rodney (48 in 2012), Rafael Soriano (45 in 2010), Danys Baez (41 in 2005) and Roberto Hernández (43 in 1999). Rodney holds the current team record with 48 saves during his 2012 All-Star campaign. The Rays enter play today with a 68-69 record (.496) and trail the Minnesota Twins by 4.0 games for the second AL Wild Card spot.
Closer Ken Giles (11 G, 0.64 ERA, 5 SV, 23 SO) of the Houston Astros was also deserving of attention for monthly honors. The 26-year-old right-hander tossed more than 1.0 inning in four of 11 appearances, logging 2.0 innings in two save appearances (August 13th and August 31st). Additionally, Giles notched at least one strikeout in each appearance during his strong month and enters play today in the midst of a 16-game streak with at least one strikeout. During his impressive stretch, Giles has allowed one earned run on nine hits with 30 strikeouts over 18.1 innings pitched. Chad Green (1-0, 2.84 ERA, 12.2 IP, 15 SO) of the Yankees and Steve Cishek (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 13 G, 12 SO) of the Seattle Mariners also received votes for AL Reliever of the Month.
The National League Reliever of the Month presented by The Hartford, Corey Knebel, and the American League Reliever of the Month presented by the Hartford, Alex Colomé, will each receive a specially designed plaque, suitably engraved, for their accomplishments. This is the inaugural season of the Reliever of the Month Awards presented by The Hartford. The Hartford, the Official Business Insurance & Employee Benefits Sponsor of MLB, has presented baseball's annual Relievers of the Year Awards since 2015. The 2017 Relievers of the Year presented by The Hartford will again be presented during the World Series.