May Players of the Month
Hitter of the month:
RF/LF – Seth Smith
May totals: 354/459/1.142 – 4 HR, 9 2B, 3 3B, 13 RBI, 13 R
Not a bad month for a player many considered to be a 4th outfielder before the season. Smith posted a ridiculous month aided by one particular week that saw him twice miss the cycle by one hit en route to being named player of the week. Smith led the team in nearly every offensive category for the month and rest assured that when you post an OPS that is 1-point-something, you were scorching hot. One other item of note was Smith’s plate discipline. He trailed Jedd Gyorko by only 2 RBI for the team lead in May. But while Gyorko was striking out 24 times and walking only twice, Smith was striking out 15 times while walking 15 times. 12 K/BB for Jedd and 1 K/BB for Smith.
Pitcher of the month:
RHP – Tyson Ross
May totals: 3-1, 2.08 ERA, 39 IP, 8.77 K/9, 2 HR allowed
With injuries to both the front and the back of the rotation, the Padres desperately needed the middle 3 guys to shine. The big right-hander with the big slider picked up the mantle of staff ace in May, posting perhaps the best single month of his big league career. Not only did Ross strike nearly a batter an inning, but he showed a remarkable ability to keep the ball in the yard, averaging only allowing 1 HR for nearly 20 innings pitched. That works out to approximately only 1 per 3 games. With big questions marks remaining about the rotation the team will need the elder Ross brother to keep his current pace.