Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw among August NL Pitcher of the Month candidates

Harry How

The duo at the top of the Dodgers' starting rotation has been at their best in August, leading the Dodgers to an MLB-best 20-5 record during the month.

Zack Greinke came within one out of a shutout on Monday night, and in doing so likely completed one hell of a month of August. He won all five starts in August while putting up a 1.23 ERA. But Greinke will face stiff competition for National League Pitcher of the Month honors, even from his own team.

August NL Pitcher of the Month Candidates
Pitcher Team G W-L IP BB K ERA WHIP Next start
Jose Fernandez Mia 5 3-0 33 9 41 0.82 0.848 Fri at AtL
Mat Latos Cin 4 3-1 30 6 24 0.89 0.890 Tue at StL
Clayton Kershaw LA 4 3-1 30 8 27 0.90 0.833 Tue vs. ChC
Alex Wood Atl 4 1-0 24 5 23 1.11 0.822 Tue vs. Cle
Zack Greinke LA 5 5-0 36 8 30 1.23 0.982 9/1 vs. SD
Marco Estrada Mil 4 2-0 24 3 21 1.88 0.708 Sat vs. Ana
Cole Hamels Phi 5 1-0 38 3 29 1.89 0.921 Wed at NYM
Ricky Nolasco LA 5 4-0 30 5 24 2.08 0.989 Wed vs. ChC
Dillon Gee NY 5 2-1 34 6 22 2.10 1.165 Fri at Was
Dan Haren Was 6 3-0 34 5 28 2.12 0.882 Sat vs. NYM
Joe Kelly StL 5 4-0 28 13 17 2.20 1.360 Tue vs. Cin

Kershaw won the award in July and starts Tuesday night against the Cubs. The last Dodger to win two Pitcher of the Month awards in one season was Orel Hershiser, who won in April and September 1988. The only Dodgers to win the award, which has been given out since 1975, in consecutive months were Burt Hooton (August, September 1975) and Don Sutton (April, May 1975).

Greinke has won the award once in his career, in the American League in April 2009 when with the Royals. Kershaw has won two monthly honors in his career, including July 2011.

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