Photo courtesy of the Boston Herald
By: Ross Sutton
NL Player of the Month:
Jake Arrieta- During the month of May, Arrieta has been unbelievable, as he posted a miniscule 0.90 ERA over 30 innings. In his five starts this month, Arrieta gave up just three earned runs and one home run. Arrieta’s success has been pivotal for the Phillies, as they have not played well overall this month. If it were not for Arrieta’s dominance this month, the Phillies would probably be in a much worse spot in the standings right now.
Scooter Gennett- Scooter Gennett has quietly been out of this world during the month of May, as he has an extremely high .398 batting average this month, as well as a whopping eight home runs. Gennett probably hasn’t gotten the recognition he deserves due to the fact that he plays on one of the worst team in baseball (the Reds), but he truly deserves more attention. Gennett has a relatively low salary this year ($5.7M) and he is arbitration eligible again next year, so maybe Gennett could be a trade piece for the Reds at the deadline this year as I am sure there at least a handful of teams that would love his bat in their lineup.
Brandon Crawford- Speaking of high batting averages, Brandon Crawford has an incredible .412 batting average for this past month. Much like Arrieta and the Phillies, I’m sure the Giants are feeling lucky that they have Crawford in their lineup, as the Giants as a whole have struggled for most of this month and currently have a 26-30 record this season.
AL Player of the Month:
Mookie Betts- Mookie has been unstoppable this month, as he posted a .372/.434/.766 batting line over the last 30 days. We wrote about how dominant him and J.D. Martinez have been this season for the Red Sox, but Mookie seems to be the catalyst for this great offense. Mookie blasted nine home runs this month and only struck out 13 times, which is pretty low considering how the art of the walk seems to be lost in the modern style of baseball.
Justin Verlander- I wrote about how great Verlander has been this season recently, so I’ll keep this honorable mention pretty short. That being said, Verlander has been unhittable this month, as he currently has a 0.86 ERA during May. Not only does he have a low ERA, but he has pitched 41.2 innings this month, which is only behind Mariners ace James Paxton.
Daniel Mengden- A’s starting pitcher Daniel Mengden has been totally off the radar this year, but has had a very impressive month of May, as he currently has a 1.07 ERA over 33.2 innings. The A’s continue to surprise this year, as they are currently 28-28 this season, and look to have a pretty strong young core on their roster. I’m not sure how to interpret this next stat but I thought it was pretty interesting so I thought I would share: Daniel Mengden has given up four earned runs this month and they have all come from solo home runs, kinda weird.
All stats courtesy of mlb.com
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