Here are the 2009 Yankees August awards:
Best Hitter: Derek Jeter
August was Jeter’s statement month, unless he has an explosive September. He hit .377/.403/.574 with six doubles, six homers, 17 RBIs and 27 runs scored. While MVP favorite Joe Mauer struggled in the second half of August, Jeter went on fire. The captain compiled 10 multi-hit games from Aug. 15 to the end of the month.
Honorable Mention: Hideki Matsui
Power was the theme for Matsui’s August. He belted a team-leading eight homers, edging out Johnny Damon by one. He finished with a .281/.333/.584 hitting line, and drove in 25 runs (one shy of the Mark Teixeira’s team-leading 26).
Best Pitcher: CC Sabathia
He won five of his six starts, held an ERA of 2.64 and struck out a little over eight per start on average. He pitched at least 6-2/3 innings in all of his starts, and reached the eighth three times in a row. I wouldn’t be surprised if he wins the AL Pitcher of the Month Award.
Honorable Mention: Andy Pettitte
Pettitte would have been the best in any other month if it weren’t for CC. He went 4-0 with a 2.50 ERA and 39 Ks in 39-2/3 IP. After winning only three games in June and July, it was nice to see the run support come around. He struck out a season-high 10 Mariners on Aug. 14 in only six innings, and was almost perfect on Aug. 31 against the Orioles.
Surprising Standout: Brian Bruney
After allowing runs in four of his seven appearances in July, Bruney turned it all around in August. He allowed one meaningless run to the White Sox on Aug. 1, and has since been untouchable. No runs, seven hits, six walks in 8-2/3. In total, he held a 0.87 ERA. Not too shabby.
Honorable Mention: Johnny Damon
Like Matsui, Damon also found his power stroke in August. He slugged seven homers and added 11 multi-hit games after hitting an abysmal .235 in July. He raised all of his percentages with a line of .327/.371/.622. (.622!). He is now tied with his career-high in homers with 24 on the season. Think he’ll break his own record?