Angels' Shoemaker wins AL's top pitcher, rookie honors for month of August

Matt Shoemaker came through for the Angels when the team needed it most. The league took notice, too.

The Angels went 19-10 in the month of August and have extended their AL West lead to five games over the Oakland Athletics. 

Rookie starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker is one of the reasons for the team's solid play of late. The league took notice, too, as he was named American League Rookie of the Month and also Pitcher of the Month for August. 

Shoemaker finished the month with a 6-1 record and a 1.31 ERA with a WHIP of 0.77 in just over 41 innings of work. He limited opponents to a .178 batting average on only 26 hits. 

According to MLB.com, "Shoemaker is the ninth player, and just the third pitcher, to be honored as a league's top rookie and pitcher/player in a month."

Shoemaker's stellar month couldn't have come at a better time, too. The Angels played 29 games in 31 days in August, all while losing starting pitchers Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs to season-ending injuries.

The Angels will need Shoemaker to keep it up down the stretch, as the team plays 15 of its last 25 games on the road. 

Shoemaker has a streak going of 23 1/3 scoreless innings heading into September. His next start is Friday against the Minnesota Twins.