July belonged to the National League East leading Nationals. On Wednesday, Major League Baseball announced that second baseman Daniel Murphy and pitcher Stephen Strasburg earned National League Player and Pitcher of the Month respectively.
Murphy, who also earned the NL Player of the Month award for the month of May, finished July hitting .346 with a .372 on-base percentage and a .744 slugging percentage. In a month that featured Murphy’s second career All-Star selection and the only multi-hit performance for the NL team in the Midsummer Classic, the Nationals’ second baseman reached base in 18 of the 22 games he played, and had a hit in 17 of those 22. Since July 7, Murphy has hit .413.
For Strasburg, July continued the winning track since the end of 2015 (including a 16-game winning streak from Sept. 15, 2015-July 15, 2016). While the month featured his first loss of the season, he went 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five starts and only once allowed more than one earned run in an outing. He held opponents to a .127 average, a .208 on-base percentage, and a .220 slugging percentage during July. While striking out 37 batters in 34.2 innings, he walked just 12.