After putting up one of their best Aprils in history, the Astros put their pedal to the metal and smoked the competition in May with a brilliant 22-7 May. This placed them at the top of the baseball world. They are 11 games ahead of the Angels in their division, six games ahead of the Yankees (spit!!) in the AL, and four games over the Nats for the best record in all of baseball.
So, part of recognizing the team is recognizing how the individuals performed in May. So, here are May’s ChipalattAwards.
Starting Pitcher of the Month. Lance McCullers Jr. After an up and down April, young Lance had an up only May. 4-0, 0.99 ERA, 0.853 WHIP – any way you slice it one of the best months in baseball, much less with the Astros.
Runner-up. Dallas Keuchel. Even with his quick in and with an injury, Cy Keuchel again avoided a loss – going 3-0 with a 2.88 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Everyday Player of the Month. Co-winners. Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez. After a meh April for both men, they were both excellent in May. Correa – 24 runs scored, 7 HRs, 26 RBIs with a .386 BA/.457 OBP/ 1.130 OPS had a little better overall numbers than MarGo – 19 runs, 7 HRs, 22 RBIs with a .382/.461/1.198 slash. But if you factor in Correa having 25 more ABs – they look about even.
Runner-up. George Springer. He stepped up his game in May to show more solid leadoff numbers (despite my moaning and groaning) with a .294/.379/.884 slash and 23 runs, 6 HRs and 17 RBIs.
Relief Pitcher of the Month. Ken Giles. Giles was pretty good in April and top drawer in May. 1-0 with 8 saves, a 1.80 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP resulted in the team holding on to the leads they handed to him.
Interesting pitching stat of the month. The Starting and Relief Pitcher of the month (McCullers and Giles) shared one thing in common. McCullers K/9 IP went down from 11.2 to 9.2 and Giles went down from 12.2 to 9.9, but their other numbers improved significantly. This is probably more important for LMJ, who really needed to lower his pitch count per inning and go deeper into games.
Road Warrior. Jose Altuve. To date, Jose’s road numbers are .430 BA / .520 OBP / 1.217 OPS with 23 runs scored, 4 HRs and 14 RBIs in 23 games.
Biggest Dropoff – Yulieski Gurriel – While most of the hitters had a better May or a pretty good May – Gurriel put up a .200/.255/.566 slash in May. Maybe he needs to avoid haircuts.
Best New Face. James Hoyt. He did make 2 appearances in April, but he has cemented himself with a solid showing in May (10 games, 3.65 ERA, 15.3 K/ 9 IP) into someone, who can be called on late in games and not melt.
Critical Appearance. Brad Peacock. The Astros had lost 3 in a row at home against the Indians and had just put Charlie Morton on the DL. Cracks were showing. Peacock was brilliant in an emergency start after having pitched a maximum of 2 innings at a time all season and gave them 4.1 innings of one-hit ball. Chris Devenski, Will Harris and Ken Giles turned it into a 1-0 win and the Astros were off to a red-hot 9-1 streak.
So, are you OK with these awards? Want to add-on or change anything?