May’s National League Player of the Month has been awarded to Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, but the winner could have easily come from the opposite coast.
Melky Cabrera had a huge month, leading the league and passing Willie Mays to tie the San Francisco Giants’ franchise record for most hits in any month (51). He also led the league in batting average (.429) and triples (five) while finishing in the top three for OBP and runs scored. Fielding-wise, Cabrera owned left field, snagging flies and throwing bullets home to save runs.
Stanton and Cabrera’s lines are as follows:
Stanton: .343/.432/.769 12 homers, 30 RBI.
Cabrera: .429/.457/.647 3 homers, 17 RBI.
Stanton’s numbers make him an understandable pick. His bat went off last month and hit a few home runs off the Giants as well. If you were to compare based on home runs and RBI alone, Stanton would be the clear choice. When looking at the other statistics, though, the decision is debatable.
Cabrera was consistently solid every game and made the clutch plays in left, with four assists and two errors. Stanton, with several more chances, had two assists and five errors. At the plate, Stanton struck out 25 times as opposed to Cabrera’s 16, but also walked 16 times compared to Cabrera’s seven.
The home run total, slugging percentage and RBI are hard to ignore when deciding on a player of the month. Stanton was phenomenal. There are plenty of other factors, though, that make Cabrera deserving of the title. It comes down what is valued more, and the long ball won.
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