Our Player of the Month for May. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
Our hitters had a slightly better month in May than April, hitting .272/.333/.435 in May after .256/.329/.412 in April. We scored 4.93 runs a game in May, up from 4.63 in April.
Our batters in May:
J.P. Arencibia (.256/.316/.465): His numbers were down a tiny bit from April. He started 23 of the 28 games we played. He had 4 home runs this month, same as April, right in line with 24 for the season, which would be a pretty decent rookie year. He had 17 RBI, after 9 in April. He has given up 5 passed balls so far this year and has thrown out 24% of runners trying to steal off him.
Adam Lind (.500/.522/.909): Only played in 6 games before hitting the DL and hit 3 home runs in those 6 games. He should be back this weekend.
Aaron Hill (.242/.296/.363): Exactly the same BA as in April, but he brought his OBP up and his SA up. He looks better at the plate, at least to me. He has hit 8 doubles and the 1 home run this month, but then it was a grand slam. I don't envy Alex having to make the choice to pick up his options or not. After stealing 6 bases in April, he only stole 1 in May, he hasn't been caught yet.
Yunel Escobar (..317/.421/.490): Yunel started all 28 games this month and had a great month with the bat. He hit 4 home runs, walked 19 times, drove in 12 runs and scored 16. I could do without him bunting, but I'm not going to win on that. I'm glad the Braves didn't want him.
Jayson Nix (.118/.143/.265): He only played in 10 games, after missing some time on the DL. He had the 1 home run and drove in 5. I'd tend to give him a bit of a break on the batting, since he wasn't hitting at all after coming off the DL. It took him awhile to get his timing back, but I'll be happier with Brett Lawrie is handling third.
Corey Patterson (.308/.325/.470): Played in all 28 games, starting 27. He hit 2 home runs and drove in 16. Stole 4 bases and was caught 2 times. He had a great month, I'd like him better if he would take some walks. I still like him better as a 4th outfielder, but if he continues to hit like this, I'm ok with him. He had an 11 game hitting streak in the middle of the month.
Rajai Davis (.295/.339/.390): Started 27 of 28 games. He drove in 8 and scored 8 runs. 6 doubles and 1 triple. He had 12 steals and was caught 6 times. Not a bad month.
Jose Bautista (.360/.476/.791): He started 23 games. Our player of the month hit 11 home runs and drove in 23, 8 more RBI than in April. Took 10 less walks than April, which surprises me a bit, I figured they'd be walking more after that first month. Stole 1 base and was caught 2 times. The number of home runs is a bit of a surprise but his batting average is the thing that really surprises me. He is hitting 100 points better than last year. His BABIP is .344 compared to .233 last year. I'm sure it will drop a bit this as the season goes on, but with how hard he hits the ball we knew it would be higher this year. He had a 9 game hitting streak near the start of the month and is on an 8 game steak at the moment.
Juan Rivera (.248/..291/.376): He started 27 games the last 13 in a row at first. Had an 11 game hitting streak at the end of the month. 2 home runs, 8 doubles, 12 RBI and a stolen base. His BA and SA were higher this month than in April but his OBP dropped from .349 to .291. He stopped taking walks, had 13 in April and 6 in 36 more at bats in May. The last couple of weeks he's been hitting better, I hope it continues.
Eric Thames (.243/.333/.297): Played in 12 games, starting 10. Not much power showing yet, I'm sure it will come, if he gets to stay with the team, I'm hoping he will. Only 2 extra base hits, both doubles. 4 RBI, no steals. Only started 1 game in the outfield, I'd like to see him play there more.
John McDonald (.135/.196/.231): He isn't paid to hit, but he ought to hit a little better than this. He started 15 games. 2 doubles, 1 homer, 6 RBI. He also made that error that opened the door to a loss against the White Sox.
Edwin Encarnacion (.236/.257/.333): Played in 21 games, starting 17. Had the 1 HR and 4 doubles and 4 RBI.
Jose Molina (.400/.464/.440): Started 7 games. Had 1 double, 3 RBI and a stolen base. DHed once. He had 2 or more hits in 4 of his 7 games. He has had 3 passed balls so far this year and has thrown out 20% guys that have tried to steal against him.
David Cooper (.154/.281/.308): Played in 11 games, starting 8. Had 1 double, 1 HR, 4 RBI and walked 4 times. I wish he got a longer look.
Mike McCoy (.154/.154/.154): Played in 9 games and started 2, in between flights to Vegas. Had 1 steal.