While going 5-1 with a 1.65 ERA in his six May starts, Jurrjens recorded 24 strikeouts, issued six walks and completed 43 2-3 innings. Opponents compiled a .269 on-base percentage against him, but recorded just six hits in 24 at-bats with runners in scoring position.
Coming off last year’s injury-plagued season, Jurrjens has spent the first two months of this season rekindling the success he had in 2009, when he ranked third in the NL with a 2.60 ERA.
“I’m just happy to be out there,” Jurrjens said after beating the Pirates on May 24. “Last year, I was just frustrated. I kept getting hit by injuries. I’m just trying to enjoy my time out there and go deeper into the games and save the bullpen. I’m having fun, and that’s the main thing that’s going on right now.”
Jurrjens claimed two of his May wins while limiting the Phillies to four runs in 14 innings. His lone loss came on May 19, when he limited the D-backs to two runs in 6 2-3 innings.