- Marco Scutaro led the majors hitting .420 in May, Miguel Cabrera led the AL at .379.
- Pirates pitchers allowed only three homers with runners on base in May, the Blue Jays allowed 18.
- Pirate pitchers allowed the fewest extra base hits in May with 55. The Blue Jays the most with 111.
- Nationals pitchers issued only 53 walks in May, the fewest in the majors; Astros pitchers walked 113, Red Sox 108, and Giants 107.
- Everth Cabrera led the majors with 12 steals in May, Jacoby Ellsbury led the AL with 10.
- Tampa Bay Rays pitchers allowed 28 hits on 0-2 counts; Yankee and Cubs pitchers allowed just five.
- Baseball's successful steal rate in May was 73.2%, but the Rockies were 96% (24-of-25) successful while the Braves stole at rate of just 33% (2-of-6). The Astros stole 15 bases but were caught 13 times.
- The Astros' Robbie Grossman was 2-for-6 in steals in May, his four times CS were the most in the majors.
- Mike Napoli led the majors striking out 38 times in May, followed by Ryan Howard and Adam Dunn, 37 times each.
- Rangers outfielders slammed 17 homers in May, the most in the majors, while the Braves outfield hit only four.
- Miggy Cabrera led the majors with 33 RBI in May, Domonic Brown led the NL with 25.
- On the other hand, the Braves outfield struck out 99 times in May, the most in baseball, while the Baltimore outfield only whiffed 45 times.
- Patrick Corbin and Jason Vargas led all pitchers in May each going 5-0.
- Cole Hamels was 0-6 in May with a 4.95 ERA.
- Texas Rangers batters came through with 11 bases loaded hits in May, Arizona and Houston batters had only one each. Reds batters worked seven bases loaded walks in the month.
- Jose Bautista led the majors taking 119 called strikes in May. Matt Carpenter led the NL with 117, the same as Jason Kipnis of the Tribe.
- R.A. Dickey had three-ball counts on 83 batters in May, the most in the majors.
- Mark Reynolds of the Indians swung and missed 83 times in May, the most in the bigs, Ryan Howard was next with 72, the most in the NL.
- While Reynolds led the AL striking out swinging 31 times in May, the major league leaders were Howard and Matt Kemp with 32 each.
- Pirates lefty batters hit .071 against southpaws in May, Brewers lefties hit .377.
- Anibal Sanchez recorded the most strikeouts of any pitcher in May with 48, just edging Yu Darvish's 47, and teammate Max Scherzer's 45.
- The three best records in baseball in May belonged to NL Central teams: St. Louis 20-7 (.741), Cincinnati 19-8 (.704), and Pittsburgh 19-9 (.679).
- The Giants strike out rate was just 14.7% in May, the best in baseball. Reds batters didn't fair as well whiffing 24.6% of the time, the worst in baseball.
- Jon Lester led the majors throwing 689 pitches in May, Clayton Kershaw led the NL with 651.
- Twins batters took 28 called third strikes in May, the most of any team. The Giants were caught looking just seven times.
- Reds batters swung and missed on strike three 68 times in May to lead the majors, Red Sox batters went down swinging 66 times to lead the AL.
- Dept. of I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good: The MLB BAbip rate was .297 in May - The Cards had a .379 BAbip to lead the majors, the Red Sox had a rate of .356 to lead the AL.
- The Orioles and the Diamondbacks each had 11 hits on 0-2 counts in May, the Yankees had only one. The O's, Tigers, and Rangers each hit two 0-2 count homers.
- Matt Harvey went full on a batter only nine times in May.
- There were 15 pitchers who had a WHIP under 1.000 in May, but none was lower than Chris Sale's 0.677.
- In May, Jordan Zimmermann faced 171 batters, Bartolo Colon faced 149 batters, Adam Wainwright faced 141, and Hiroki Kuroda faced 122 batters and they each only walked three.
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Entries in Everth Cabrera (2)
OK, I know what you’re thinking; that phase is way too easy and is overwrought. I 100% agree with you, but I’m running on 36 hours of no sleep working on my fantasy guide that is inching its way to completion. I wanted to talk about three players who have an average draft position (ADP) of 200 or larger that can provide a lot of cheap steals. With the number of steals in 2012 sustaining the 12-year high set in 2011, many fantasy owners are going to need players who can provide a lot of stolen bases. Please note the format for the “ADP” section reads as follows: ADP: positional draft position (overall draft position). For example, Everth Cabrera is currently the 17th catcher being taken and is going 242th overall. All ADPs are from Mock Draft Central.
Bats: B | Age: 28 |Team: Blue Jays | Position: OF | RK: 61 (216)
Last year Bonifacio had a lot of fantasy hype entering drafts because of the 40 steals he put up the year before and he was entering spring training with a starting job in center field. In only 64 games he stole 30 bases. If he played in 150 games he could’ve had 70 stolen bases. Unfortunately, his season was marred with injuries to his thumb and knee, which landed him on the disabled list three times. He enters the 2013 season as the starting second baseman in the suddenly stacked Blue Jays lineup and is poised for a breakout fantasy season. He only played 15 games at second base so he may not be eligible in every league at the start of the year.
Bats: B | Age: 26 |Team: Padres| Position: SS | RK: 17 (242)
Even though he started the year in Triple-A and only received 398 Major League at-bats, Cabrera finished third in the league with 44 stolen bases. He finished the year with a slash line of .246/.324/.324. That may look really low, indicating there’s an opportunity for improvement, but he achieved those statistics with a high .336 BABIP. Last year he struck out 24.5% of the time and for his career, he’s struck out 22.4% of the time, which means he’s destined to hit for a low average if the BABIP regresses. This year he’s expected to be the starting shortstop and is likely to lead off for the Padres, the team who lead the league in stolen base attempts. If he plays a full season he has the opportunity to win you the stolen base category.
Bats: L | Age: 27 |Team: Twins | Position: OF | RK: ND (ND)
Do I see Mastroianni as super elite player? No. Do I see him as an above average player? No. So what is he? Mastroianni is a speedy center fielder with a great understanding for the strike zone and has little power. Last year in a small 77 game sample, he put up a slash line of .252/.328/.350 with 21 stolen bases. After the Minnesota Twins traded away all their center field options, Mastroianni will get the first opportunity to be the starting center fielder and could be in line for leadoff duties. He struck out 24% of the time in the majors, which limits his batting average ceiling. Like closers, his fantasy value is a function of opportunity, but if he plays a full year he can provide 40+ stolen bases, which is really good for a player whose not getting drafted at all.