Bryant named NL Player of the Month, Hendricks named NL Pitcher of the Month

Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs rounds the bases after a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs rounds the bases after a home run against the Cincinnati Reds in the third inning of the game at Great American Ball Park on June 27, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

In a month which saw the NL Central Division leading Cubs go 22 – 6, two of the key contributors were rewarded for their impact.

Kris Bryant was named NL Player of the Month after hitting .383 with a whopping on base plus slugging of 1.220, 10 home runs, 22 RBIs, and 29 runs scored. This is the first time Bryant has won NL Player of the Month after winning NL Rookie of the Month twice last year.

After spending most of the season in the shadows of Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks was honored for his outstanding August, being named NL Pitcher of the Month.

In his six August starts, Hendricks allowed only six earned runs, struck out 36 batters compared to only seven walks and lasted an average of seven innings per start. These numbers helped to lower Hendricks’ ERA to a league leading 2.09.

This award was Hendricks’ first monthly award since he won NL Rookie of the Month in August 2014.

With the playoffs quickly approaching, Bryant and Hendricks could not have gotten hot at a better time, as the possible MVP and Cy Young winners look to help the Cubs bring the Commissioner’s Trophy to the North side for the first time in over 100 years.