Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah named AL's pitcher of the month for September

Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Alek Manoah throws to a Seattle Mariners batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, July 9, 2022, in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays ace Alek Manoah has been named the MLB's American League pitcher of the month for September.

Manoah posted an ERA of 0.88 in the month — a single-month club record — in 41 innings of work. The 24-year-old allowed 23 hits and 12 walks over that span, with 33 strikeouts. He went 4-0 in six starts, with one of those no decisions also resulting in a win for the team.

The right-hander bounced back from a mediocre month of August, where he went 1-2, with two no-decisions that wound up being losses. He is 16-7 on the year with a 2.24 and a WAR rating of 6.0 and is widely expected to get the Game 1 start when the Jays begin the wild-card playoffs. He was drafted 11th overall by the Jays in 2019.

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