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Melky salutes the fans after his record-breaking hit.
Melky Cabrera provided Giants fans with constant hits, fielding prowess and overall excitement in a record-setting month.
He broke an all-time franchise mark of hits in the month of May that was held by the greatest Giant of all time, Willie Mays. His 51 hits also tie the franchise record for most in any month during a season (held by Randy Winn).
If that accomplishment doesn’t quite resonate, he registered a stat line of .429 AVG, .457 OBP, .647 SLG, 1.104 OPS. I’d qualify that as fairly unreal.
The Melk Man also totaled 15 extra-base hits (3 HR), 17 RBI, 24 R and 16 multi-hit games. And if that’s not enough, he failed to record a hit in just four out of 29 games (1 pinch-hit AB).
Say hello to the Major League’s hit leader (78).
I wonder how the Royals feel about the Cabrera-Jonathan Sanchez trade now.
Now, let’s not forget about the other bright spots.
Angel Pagan is rather fond of extended hitting-streaks. He advanced his 20-gamer with hits in the first six games in May. After a brief one-game respite, he peeled off an 11-game streak. And to honor tradition, after another one-game hiatus, Pagan enters June sitting on an eight-game hit-a-thon.
While being overshadowed by Cabrera’s incredible month, one most not overlook Pagan’s output. He put up a line of .375/.422/.462/.884. He didn’t hit for power, but racking up 39 H, 11 RBI, 13 R and 8 SB in nine chances are all commendable statistical achievements for a lineup that so desperately needs them.
Last, but not least, Mr. Buster Posey. The Giants “Franchise” at the plate managed two HR, 18 RBI and batted .253 this month. Surely nothing spectacular, but he doubled his RBI total from the previous month, many of them coming in opportune moments.
Briefly, Gregor Blanco provided a nice boost at the top of the lineup. He got on base consistently (.427 OBP), collected 29 hits (.315 AVG) and added 20 runs, seven RBI and five stolen bases.