The King reigned in June.
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez was picked as the American League pitcher of the month for the fourth time in his career after going 3-1 with a 1.22 ERA in six June starts.
Hernandez struck out 54 and walked just six in 44 1/3 innings. He also permitted only 26 hits while holding opponents to a .170/.201/.210 slash (batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage).
His big June boosted his season totals to 10-2 with a 2.10 ERA in 18 starts and 137 strikeouts in 128 1/3 innings. He ranks second among AL pitchers in victories, innings, strikeouts and ERA.
Hernandez, 28, previously won the award in June and September 2009 and August 2012. Oddly, he did not win the monthly award in 2010, when he was the ALs Cy Young recipient.
No other Mariners pitcher has ever won the award more than twice.