We did this last month to a pretty nice level of success, so we're back again for round two. Here are the best and worst MLB players for the month of May.
AL Hitter of the Month
Miguel Cabrera, Tigers. The reigning AL MVP has caught fire once again. For the month, Cabrera hit a mind-boggling .379/.455/.767 with 12 homers and 33 RBI…in one month, mind you. It would have taken a Herculean effort to knock Chris Davis from his perch after the May he had, but Cabrera managed to do it.
Honorable mentions: Davis, Orioles; Manny Machado, Orioles; Mike Trout, Angels; Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Kelly Johnson, Rays
April winner: Chris Davis, Orioles
AL Worst Hitter of the Month
Alcides Escobar, Royals. He hit .227/.240/.244 with one walk in 122 plate appearances. That'll fly if you're hitting a dozen homers a month like Domonic Brown, but not when you're hitting at the top of the order and trying to get on base at a decent clip. If Escobar wasn't a decent defender, there would be no reason for him to keep playing every day for Kansas City.
Dishonorable mentions: Jeff Keppinger, White Sox; Victor Martinez, Tigers; JP Arencibia, Blue Jays; Vernon Wells, Yankees; Michael Saunders, Mariners
April "winner": Josh Hamilton, Angels
NL Hitter of the Month
Joey Votto, Reds. It was like splitting hairs between Votto and Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, but I gave the nod to Votto based on his more well-rounded game. For the month, he hit .388/.492/.631 while scoring 28 runs, and barely edges out Goldschmidt for the honor.
Honorable mentions: Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks; Domonic Brown, Phillies; Marco Scutaro, Giants; Adam LaRoche, Nationals; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
April winner: Justin Upton, Braves
NL Worst Hitter of the Month
Ike Davis, Mets. You know, Ruben Tejada's overall numbers were slightly worse than Davis'. But Tejada is a middle infielder. You're not expecting a lot from him. Davis hit .160/.218/.185 as New York's first baseman, hitting in the cleanup spot for more than a couple of games. He's also struck out in a hair under 37% of his plate appearances for the month, and didn't homer at all. YIKES.
Dishonorable mentiones: Tejada, Mets; Yuniesky Betancourt, Brewers; Greg Dobbs, Marlins; Wilin Rosario, Rockies; Placido Polanco, Marlins
April "winner": Adam LaRoche, Nationals
AL Best Pitcher of the Month
Derek Holland, Rangers. Dutch is having himself a solid month. Holland has a 2.31 ERA in six starts, tossing a total of 39 innings. He's struck out 44 and walked nine and has a 2.31 ERA. I wanted to go with Chris Sale after his dominant month, but four starts won't cut it here.
Honorable mentions: Sale, White Sox; Anibal Sanchez, Tigers; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; Doug Fister, Tigers; Max Scherzer, Tigers
April winner: Yu Darvish, Rangers
AL Worst Pitcher of the Month
Lucas Harrell, Astros. I know it's not fair to pick on the Astros, but Harrell was putrid in May. He lasted just 26 2/3 innings over six starts, allowed an .894 OPS to opponents, had a 7.53 ERA, walked 21, and struck out just 11. There's really no silver lining here, folks.
Dishonorable mentions: Joe Saunders, Mariners; Jeremy Hellickson, Rays; Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays; Kevin Correia, Twins; Ryan Dempster, Red Sox
April "winner": Brett Myers, Indians
NL Best Pitcher of the Month
Matt Harvey, Mets. If Harvey still had rookie eligibility, he'd be the odds on favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year award this season. He'll have to settle for contending for the Cy Young award, though. In May, Harvey threw 37 2/3 innings in five starts, had a 2.15 ERA, struck out 38, and walked just five. Did I mention he's just 24 years old? This guy is for real, and the only saving grace for Mets fans this season.
Honorable mentions: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Cliff Lee, Phillies; Shelby Miller, Cardinals; Jordan Zimmermann, Nationals; Scott Feldman, Cubs
April winner: Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
NL Worst Pitcher of the Month
Kyle Lohse, Brewers. Lohse's signing this winter was just what the Brewers needed…well, except for the 6.51 May ERA with seven homers in 27 2/3 innings. There's not a lot that has gone right for Milwaukee this year, and Lohse is just adding to their problems.
Dishonorable mentions: Jason Marquis, Padres; Alex Sanabia, Marlins; Wade Miley, Diamondbacks; Jon Garland, Rockies; Kevin Slowey, Marlins
April "winner": Jonathan Sanchez, Pirates
AL Rookie of the Month
Jose Iglesias, Red Sox. It's still a really poor crop of rookies in the AL, but things could be getting a little better. The typically light-hitting Iglesias is raking with the Red Sox this year, hitting .423/.448/.538 in 26 May at bats. Yeah, it's that bad for the AL that a 26 at bat sample is enough to win you the Rookie of the Month award. Welp.
Honorable mentions: Aaron Hicks, Twins; Nate Freiman, A's; Jurickson Profar, Rangers; Oswaldo Arcia, Twins; Avisail Garcia, Tigers
April winner: Brandon Barnes, Astros
NL Rookie of the Month
Evan Gattis, Braves. Gattis is the only player to repeat on any of these awards from April to May, and with good reason. The 26-year old has powered Atlanta's offense with BJ Upton and Jason Heyward struggling, and Justin Upton slipping this month. Gattis hit .317/.362/.683 for the month with six homers to pace Atlanta's offense.
Honorable mentions: Jedd Gyorko, Padres; Marcell Ozuna, Marlins; Shelby Miller, Cardinals; Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers; Julio Teheran, Braves
April winner: Evan Gattis, Braves