Lee named NL's best pitcher for August

Lee named NL's best pitcher for August

PHILADELPHIA -- Cliff Lee's stellar August has thrust him into the National League Cy Young Award discussion.

It also earned him his second NL Pitcher of the Month Award.

Lee won all five of his starts and amassed a 0.45 ERA by allowing just two runs over 39 2/3 innings.

He was also honored for his work in June, when he went 5-0 with a 0.21 ERA, making him the first pitcher in Major League history to have two months with five wins, no losses and an ERA under 0.50.

Lee leads the Majors in shutouts this season with six, the most for an NL pitcher since Tim Belcher threw eight in 1989. Lee has the most shutouts for a Phillies pitcher since Steve Carlton recorded six in 1982. He is also the first pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1998 to record six in a season.