Monthly All-Star Team: May 2014
Major League Baseball contains the most games per season in professional sports. Besides regular season, there is also spring training and playoff games. A regular season contains 2,430 games between two opponents. A team that makes it to the fall classic and plays in the maximum amount of games per series: could ultimately play ~30 spring training, 162 regular season games, unless there is a tie which would require tie breakers, then up to 20 postseason games (1 wild card, 5 DS, 7 CS, 7 WS). That’s 212 games maximum for a team.
My point being is that Major Leaguers have a long road that may have many ups and downs. Breaking down players’ statistics monthly constitutes a streaky player from a consistent player. These all-stars are determined both for defensive and offensive reasons.
All stats are for the full month of May
May All-Stars in the American League:
Catcher: Athletics – John Jaso. .359 Avg. with 4 homeruns and 10 RBI
First Base: Blue Jays- Edwin Encarnacion. 16 Homers in 114 At-Bats. (HR per 14 AB)
Second Base: Mariners –Robinson Cano. .355 Avg. Drove in 19 for the ‘hot’ Mariners.
Third Base: Rangers – Adrian Beltre. 35 Hits, 5 of them Homers. He also had 20 RBI.
Shortstop: Indians – Eduardo Escobar. Batted .322. 13 of his 29 hits were doubles.
Left Field: Orioles – Nelson Cruz. .339/.388/.748 line with 13 HR and 27 RBI.
Center Field: Orioles –Adam Jones. 38 Hits, including 5 HR, 16 RBI in 30 games.
Right Field:Two guys really made an unforgettable case to be on this month’s All-Star team:
Blue Jays- Jose Bautista. Hit .324 with 11 Extra Base hits including 5 2B, 6 HR, 22 RBI.
Astros- George Springer. This rookie sensation has had a phenomenal first full month in the majors with this stat line- .294/.385/.674. He hit 4 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR and had 25 RBI.
Designated Hitter: Tigers –Victor Martinez. 10 2B, 9 HR, 21 RBI and only 10 SO in 29 games.
Starting Pitcher: Yankees – Masahiro Tanaka. He was 5-1 in May, and had an ERA of 1.88. Stuck out 42, and has limited hitters to 6 free passes in 43 innings.
Relief Pitcher: Boston – Burke Badenhop. 15 I.P in 15 Games. 0 ER and 4 BB in May.
Closing Pitcher: Blue Jays – Casey Janssen. Didn’t allow an earned run in May; he also held opponents to .189 Avg. and was 8 for 9 in save opportunities.
It is hard to obviously determine an MVP in just one month, but thus far the
AL MVP is: Tigers – Miguel Cabrera. Miggy continues to keep his household name for a high average and powerful hitter. He had 41 hits in May, which consisted of 11 2B and 8 Homeruns for a .380 Avg. He also drove in 34 runs, and scored 22 himself. His defense has also been up to par. After Prince Fielder departed to Texas, Cabrera had to once again make the adjustment from 3B to 1B; a move he has made multiple times in his career.
Here are my May All-Stars for the National League:
Catcher: Brewers – Johnathon Lucroy. Collected 35 hits in 101 AB. Also drove in 14.
First Base: Diamondbacks – Paul Goldschmidt. 6 HR, 20 Runs, 2RBI in May.
Second Base: Pirates – Neil Walker. .313 Avg, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 14 R in 29 games in May.
Third Base: Giants – Pablo Sandoval. Crushed 6 homers and drove in 19 for the NL West leading Giants. San Fran has a commanding 8 game lead over the Dodgers as of June 5.
Shortstop: Rockies-Troy Tulowitzki. Tulo is still red hot, winning his second straight monthly All-Star award. .341/.429/.614 line with 7 HR, 15 RBI and 21 Runs in 26 games.
Left Field: Padres – Seth Smith. Stunting a .354 avg., w/ 4 HR, 13 RBI. Slugging .683.
Center Field: Brewers- Carlos Gomez. Hit .354 while driving in 16 and stealing 7 bags.
Right Field: Dodgers – Yasiel Puig. Puig has 43 Hits in 108 AB and scored 20 Runs.
Starting Pitcher: Rockies – Jorge De La Rosa. De La Rosa is assisting Tulo with keeping the Rockies in the AL West race. Jorge went 4-0 with a 1.93 ERA and .184 Opp.Avg., In 28 I.P.
Relief Pitcher: Mets – Jeurys Familia. Familia in 18 games has pitched 18.2 innings, struck out 19 and held opponents to a .190 Avg.
Closing Pitcher:Braves – Craig Kimbrel. Craig was very impressive last month racking up 7 saves in 8 opp. He allowed 1 ER in 10 I.P. He stuck out 15, and held opponents to a .80 WHIP.
NL MVP: Dodgers – Yasiel Puig. Puig continues to stun the baseball world be putting up incredible numbers offensively, month in and month out. He was 2 points shy of .400 last month with his average, and slammed 10 doubles, 1 triple, 8 homeruns, and drove in 25. He also drew 17 walks and stole 4 bags. His defense continues to improve by making less mental errors and also attempting less fantastic plays.
It will be very interesting to see if similar names are on next month’s all-star team. Baseball is a very unique game of streaks and slumps. As we continue in the season, stay tuned to find out if these May all-stars can continue their excellence.