Yuta Iwasada, Hanshin (First Time)
4 G, 4-0, 31.0 IP, 0.58 ERA, 27 SO, 2 ER, 1 CG, 1 ShO
Iwasada recorded four wins in September, tied for most in the league. He recorded his second shutout of the year on September 11 against Yakult. He was stable and consistent and did not allow more than a run in any of his starts in September. He is the first Hanshin player to win an MVP of the Month since Fumihito Haraguchi in May this year, and the first Hanshin pitcher since Minoru Iwata in July 2014.
Jose Lopez, Yokohama (First Time)
20 G, .275 AVG, 22 H, 12 HR, 26 RBI
Lopez played in twenty games in September and led the league in home runs and RBI. He drove in at least one run in fourteen of the twenty games he played. He homered in four straight games, beginning on September 18. He played a big role in powering Yokohama’s offense down the stretch. He is the first Yokohama player to win an MVP of the Month since Yoshitomo Tsutsugo in July this year and the first foreign Yokohama player since Tony Blanco in March/April 2013.
Hirotoshi Masui, Nippon Ham (First Time)
5 G, 5-0, 32.2 IP, 1.10 ERA, 1 CG, 1 ShO, 25 SO, 4 ER
Masui pitched in five games in September and led the league in victories and ERA. He tossed his first career shutout on September 1 against Rakuten. He gave up a run over seven innings against Rakuten on September 9, two runs over seven innings against Lotte on September 17, and no runs over six innings against Rakuten on September 24. He made an appearance in relief on September 30 against Lotte and picked up his fifth win of the month and extended his winning streak to seven.
Seiichi Uchikawa, Softbank (Fourth Time)
23 G, .347 AVG, 33 H, 3 HR, 26 RBI, 1 SB
Uchikawa played in all twenty-three of Softbank’s game in September. He batted clean-up and led the league in batting average, hits, and RBI. He recorded multiple hits in ten games and went hitless in just four games. He recorded two hits, including a home run, and four RBI on September 11 against Seibu and racked up five hits and three RBI on September 14 against Rakuten. He drove in at least three runs in four games. In the fourteen games he drove in at least one run, Softbank went 12-2. He won Pacific League MVP of the Months three other times (April 2011, August 2013, and July 2014) and one Central League (August 2008).