There were plenty of high-fives to go around in May for the San Diego Padres as they racked up a 15-13 record and hung tough in the NL West. Here's a look back at the month, with May's grades for offense, defense, and pitching.
Their 15-13 mark improved on April's 10-16, and consider this: at the end of May last season they were 17-35, 15.5 games out of first, compared to this season's 25-29, 5.5 games out (currently 26-30, six games back).
They were 10-6 at home, 5-7 on the road, 3-3 in the division.
- A four-game winning streak that included two shutouts. Okay, they both came against the lowly Miami Marlins, but hey, a shutout's a shutout.
- A winning record, 5-4, versus three 2012 playoff opponents: Baltimore Orioles, Washington Nationals, and St. Louis Cardinals.
- Two extra-inning walk-offs: 10 innings over the Seattle Mariners, and a 17-inning triathlon win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Getting swept in three games by the Tampa Bay Rays.
- The ineffectiveness of closer Huston Street, who blew a save against Tampa Bay by allowing a two-out home run in the ninth-inning. His May totals: 0-2, 4.35, four HR's surrendered in 10 1/3 innings.
The bad news: the Friars' team average was a lackluster .236, 12th in the NL and down from April's .245. However, they did muscle up a bit with 29 long balls, up from 20 in April (in two more games).
Their on-base pct. was 10th in the NL at .306, but they did swipe 26 bases–tied for first in the Majors with the Cleveland Indians.
The staff ERA was ninth in the NL at 3.91, significant improvement over April's dead-last-in-the-Majors' 4.57. They still gave up too many round-trippers–32, second-worst in the NL–but their 195 K's was way more than their 167 in April.
Other areas of significant improvement:
- Average against, .243–fifth in the NL and miles below April's .266.
- Starters' ERA, 4.94. Next-to-last in the NL, but a plummet from April's disastrous 5.58.
By comparison, the bullpen's ERA was 3.10, seventh in the NL.
Grades: starters–D. Relievers–B.
At .989, their fielding pct. is third in the NL (fielding figures are for the season, not the month of May). San Diego has turned 54 double plays, good for third in the NL. Padre catchers have allowed 39 stolen bases, third-worst in the NL, but are tied for the third-most runners gunned down.
Finally, a look at who's hot and who's not.
- Luke Gregerson: 0.00 ERA in May, three hits allowed and 10 K's in 11 1/3 frames.
- Tyson Ross: 0.68 ERA in 13 1/3 innings.
- Chris Denorfia: .310
- Jedd Gyorko: .303, tied a team rookie record for most home runs in a month with six.
- Burch Smith: 18.41 ERA in three starts. Did it really take three starts to inform the Padres' brass that he's not ready yet?
- Clayton Richard: 7.71 ERA
- Anthony Bass: 7.30 ERA
- Yasmani Grandal: .077 (1-for-13).
- Jesus Guzman: .139.
- Nick Hundley: .131.
So there you have it, Padre fans. What are your thoughts on the team's direction? Will they continue to improve in June, or hit the skids? Login and join the conversation–we want to hear from you! And be sure to vote in the fan poll here at Padres 101, and like us on Facebook.
Tags: Anthony Bass, Baseball, Clayton Richard, Cleveland Indians, Huston Street, Jedd Gyorko, Jesus Guzman, Luke Gregerson, MLB, Nick Hundley, San Diego, San Diego Padres, Tyson Ross, Yasmani Grandal
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