Gio Gonzalez has seemingly transitioned to life in the National League well. (Image Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE)

Gio Gonzalez Named NL Pitcher of the Month

Can we call twice in a row the start of a trend or is that a little too early? For the second consecutive month a member of the Nationals rotation has been named National League Pitcher of the Month, with May’s honor going to left-hander Gio Gonzalez. Right-hander Stephen Strasburg won the award in April. They are the first teammates to take the award in back-to-back months since Tim Hudson and Derek Lowe did so in August and September 2010.

Gonzalez made 5 starts in May, going 5-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 32.0 innings of work. He struck out a league-high 45 and walked 13.  New York’s R.A. Dickey (4-0, 1.83 ERA) and Philadelphia’s Cole Hamels (5-0, 2.25 ERA) followed in the voting, according to Mark Zuckerman.

Gonzalez (7-1, 2.04) and Strasburg (6-1, 2.35) are part of the reason why the Nationals are atop the NL East and boast one of the better rotations in the National League on the season to date.

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