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May she will stay, resting in my arms again: A look at our pitching in May.

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Since we have now entered June, I thought it would be good to take a look back at the month of May. We'll take a look at the pitchers first, since the bats seem to be getting all the press lately.

After a 12-12 April we were 19-10 in May. For comparison, the Rays were 17-12, Yankees 16-13 and Red Sox 18-11. We play in a pretty tough division. Like you needed to be told that. 

Our ERA for May was 3.96, an improvement from the 4.33 we had in April. It is the bullpen that improved, 2.98 ERA for the relievers in May, 5.02 in April. The starts were a little worse in May, 4.46, than April, 4.02.

Ricky Romero: 3-1, 3.92 in May, 2 complete games, 1 shutout. In 41.1 innings he struck out 48 and walked 16. He had an up and down month, 3 very starts and 3 poor starts. In April he was 2-1, 2.25.

Shaun Marcum: 5-0, 1.85 for May.32 k and 10 walks in 39 innings. Every start was good, 5 'quality starts' out of 6 (one game he only went 5 innings). In April he was 0-1, 3.44.

Brandon Morrow: 2-2, 6.52 in May. 33 k and 18 walks in 29 innings. Much the same as his 2-2, 5.46 April.

Brett Cecil: 4-1, 3.89 for May. 29 k and 10 walks in 37 innings. Just the one bad start, in the month, 2 innings 8 earned, against Texas and we won that game. He was 1-1, 3.55 in his 2 April starts. 

Dana Eveland: 1-4, 8.22 in May and gone. 9 strikeouts and 17 walks in 23 innings. He had one good start, 7 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs. It is too bad, after a pretty decent April, 2-0, 4.57.

Kevin Gregg: 0-1, 5.11, 8 saves in May. In 12.1 innings he walked 9, struck out 13 and gave up 2 home runs. Quite a bit worse than his 0.82 ERA in April, where he didn't give up a home run and walked only 1. Most of the damage came in 2 games, he gave up 3 runs May 20th in Seattle and 2 May 12 in Boston, for his 2 blown saves of the month.

Shawn Camp: 0-0, 2.51. 14.1 innings, 5 walks, 7 k. About the same as he did in April, 1-1, 2.63.

Scott Downs: 1-1, 1.26. 14.1 innings, 4 walks, 13 k. Much better than his 5.59, 0-3 April.

Casey Janssen: 0-0, 1.64. 11innings, 4 walks, 10 k. He was 3-0 6.97 in April.

Jason Frasor: 2-0, 0.82. 11 innings, 2 walks, 13 k. April was 0-1, 3 saves, 8.38.

Rommie Lewis: 0-0, 4.15. 13 innings, 3 walks, 11 k.

Josh Roenicke: 1-0, 5.91. 10.2 innings, 11 walks, 10 k.