Lou Gehrig was in the running for this honor in April as well. He was a part of a bunched up group of the best hitters in the season’s first month, but Larrupin’ Lou left them all in his wake with another incredible month of May. He has created 10 more runs than anyone else in the league, his slugging percentage is .065 points higher than anyone else’s, and his wOBA is .031 points higher than anyone else’s. He reached safely 61 times in 27 games this month.
Lou Gehrig’s May:
G AB BB H 2B 3B HR AVG OBP SLG 27 109 18 43 7 4 6 .394 .480 .697
Pitcher of the month was a tougher call for the voters as no one pitcher truly dominated all month. Roger Clemens, Chris Sale, and Eddie Cicotte were all great, but Pedro Martinez emerged as the winner thanks to allowing zilch earned runs in four of his five starts during the month. He pitched a complete game shutout against a tough Oakland lineup to start his month. His second start was a rough one as the Baltimore offense rang him up for seven runs in just 4.2 innings pitched. But Pedro allowed just one unearned and zero earned in his final three starts of the month against Detroit, Seattle, and Texas. Boston won four of Pedro’s five starts.
Pedro Martinez’s May:
G IP R ER HR BB SO ERA TRA FIP 5 36.0 8 7 2 6 38 1.75 2.00 2.12