Soria named MLB Delivery Man of the Month for September!
Congratulations to Joakim Soria, who has been selected as the winner of the Major League Baseball Delivery Man of the Month Award for September! This Major League Baseball award recognizes the most outstanding relief pitcher during each month of the regular season as voted on by a panel from Major League Baseball.
Soria pitched in 12 games during September and converted each of his 10 save opportunities. He tossed 13.2 scoreless innings, and permitted 12 hits and five walks with 21 strikeouts. Soria was one of five pitchers with at least 10.0 innings pitched and no earned runs allowed in September. The 2008 A.L. All-Star recorded saves on three straight days on two occasions, from September 7-9 and from September 20-22. The Monclova, Mexico native nailed down 20 of his final 21 save opportunities in 2009 to finish the season with 30 saves, becoming the first Royal to post back-to-back seasons with 30 or more saves since Jeff Montgomery (1991-93). Soria finished the season third in the Majors among relievers (minimum 50.0 IP) with 11.72 strikeouts per nine innings (Jonathan Broxton – 13.50; Rafael Soriano – 12.13), and seventh in the American League in saves. Joakim went 3-2 with a 2.21 ERA, permitting 44 hits and 16 walks with 69 strikeouts over 53.0 innings pitched.
Other relievers receiving votes included Minnesota’s Joe Nathan (0-1, 3.77 ERA, 12 SV, 14.1 IP, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 SO); Mariano Rivera (2-1, 1.54 ERA, 7 SV, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 11 SO) of the New York Yankees; Jonathan Broxton (0-1, 1.98 ERA, 7 SV, 13.2 IP, 9 H, 3 BB, 21 SO) of the Los Angeles Dodgers; and Cincinnati’s Francisco Cordero (0-2, 1.46 ERA, 10 SV, 12.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 12 SO).