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Players of the Month: May 

Hitter of the month:

LF – Justin Upton

May totals:  343/418/546 – 6 HR, 4 2B, 23 RBI

There is little doubt the Padres’ left fielder was the brightest spot in an otherwise dreary month.  There is reason to shudder when imagining what May ’15 would have been like without the younger Upton who lead the team in nearly every major offensive category while posting an OPS almost 200 points higher than his nearest competitor.  Not only is Upton hitting the ball, he is stealing bases (9 in the month), drawing walks (13) and scoring runs (19).  Unfortunately the trade rumors are brewing and only a good June can quiet them down.

Pitcher of the month:

RHP – Tyson Ross

May totals: 1-3, 3.16 ERA,  0 HR allowed

Here we are: still waiting for the pitching to come around.  While Tyson Ross’ May was pretty good, it was certainly not his best as a Padre.  It was, however, better than anyone else in the month.  Ross’ performance was aided by his ability to keep the ball in the yard.  Ross did not surrender a home run in May and he hasn’t allowed a home run since the first inning of the Astros game on April 28th (Evan Gattis was the culprit).  Undoubtedly, Ross’ ability to dodge the long ball is due to his increased ability to induce groundball outs (2.74 GO/AO ratio).  However, the disturbing trends of allowing stolen bases (14) and issuing walks (2.43 k/BB ratio) need to stop if Ross is going to reclaim the form that made him the Padres’ best pitcher last season.

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About the author: Richard Dorsha

The Padres above all others. There is nothing else in sports I want more than a Padres World Series title. My sports fandom begins and ends with the Friars. A San Diegan and Padre fan for more than 30 years now. Love to view the Padres from a historical context after reading about the team's humble beginnings to the dream come true of joining the National League. Been to more Padre games than I can count, seen more hours of Padre baseball than I care to mention.