On Monday, the Rays and Braves received some good vibes heading into the postseason, as starting pitchers David Price and Derek Lowe were voted the American League and National League Pitchers of the Month, respectively, for September.
Price was instrumental in the Rays winning their second AL East Championship in club history. The left-handed AL Cy Young Award candidate went 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA and 33 strikeouts over six starts. He finished the month second in the AL in ERA, tied for second in wins and innings pitched (43), and third in opponent batting average (.175).
On Sept. 28, the 25-year-old hurled eight scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out eight to earn a victory over the Orioles and clinch a playoff spot for the Rays. This is his first career Player of the Month Award, and the second in Rays franchise history -- Scott Kazmir won back in May 2008.
On the flip side, Lowe was equally impressive for the Braves, who secured the NL Wild Card for their first trip to the playoffs since 2005. The first-time recipient of the award went a perfect 5-0 in five September starts, with a miniscule 1.17 ERA and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 29:3.
The veteran right-hander pitched on three days' rest, winning a critical game against the Marlins on Sept. 29. The Michigan native finished the season with a 16-12 record and a 4.00 ERA, with 136 strikeouts in 193 2/3 innings.
Both Price and Lowe are currently slated to start Game 1 of their clubs' Division Series.
Also receiving consideration in the AL were the Mariners' Felix Hernandez, Boston's Jon Lester, and Detroit's Justin Verlander. In the NL, the Giants' Tim Lincecum, the Phillies' Roy Oswalt and the Cubs' Carlos Zambrano and Carlos Marmol garnered some support.
James Hall is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.