The Cubs enjoyed a resurgence in the final month of the regular season, propelled by the stellar performance of closer Carlos Marmol.
Marmol's flat out dominance in the month of September earned him Major League Baseball's Delivery Man of the Month Award for September, the league announced on Monday.
Statiscally, Marmol was flawless. The 27-year-old right-hander recorded a save in each of his 13 opportunities this month, without allowing a run.
His accomplishments in September also capped off a record-breaking year. Marmol's three strikeouts on Sept. 25 against the Cardinals gave him 131 for the season, passing Bruce Sutter for the Cubs' single-season record. Marmol finished the season with 138 K's in 77 2/3 innings, which also established a Major League record with 15.99 strikeouts per nine innings.
"That's a lot of strikeouts," Marmol told MLB.com recently, while noting that he wasn't gunning for K's in any way. Marmol finished the season with 38 saves, more than half of Chicago's 75 wins. He's the first Cubs closer to accomplish that since Rod Beck recorded 51 saves in the team's 90 wins in 1998.
Bailey Stephens is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.