July players of the month
Hitter of the month:
RF/LF – Seth Smith
July totals: 358/429/567 – 3 HR, 5 2B, 8 RBI, 13 R
On the one hand Smith is producing at around the levels he has during his entire career. The consistency of the left handed outfielder can and should be praised as he has kept his triple-slash in plus territory all season. On the other hand, you can argue that an above average outfielder should not be leading an MLB team in every offensive category. Still, Smith followed a slow June with another torrid month, posting an OPS that missed the magic 1.000 mark by only .004.
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Tyson Ross
July totals: 4-2, 1.10 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 41 IP, 10.54 K/9, 1 HR allowed
During July the big right hander transitioned from emerging star to Ace-level dominator. Just looking at the numbers doesn’t really do him justice. Try to watch him actually pitch an entire game and see the helplessness of must opposing hitters. As Padre fans know the reason for Ross’ success can be directly tied to his slider. Right now, Ross can throw his slider in any count, on either side of the plate and for either a ball or a strike. This versatility coupled with a low-to-mid 90’s fastball made Ross almost untouchable in July. Ross could still force his way into the Cy Young discussion, as he is currently top 10 in the NL in most categories.