This is the first of three monthly recaps in the week. Let’s work from west to east this month.
- Houston Astros (38-16)
When it comes to the MLB, there are the Astros, then there’s everybody else. Of course, they will have to figure out a way to solve the Cleveland Indians. Houston is 1-5 overall against the Tribe thus far, including its first sweep of the season coming in May.
- Anaheim Angels (28-28)—nope, still won’t doing it.
Despite finishing May two games under .500, the worst part of the month came when outfielder Mike Trout tore a ligament in his thumb. The all-star is on the 10-day disabled list, but Trout will likely miss six to eight weeks. That hurts.
- Texas Rangers (26-28)
The Rangers rattled off 10 wins in a row through the middle of May, but still only finished the month 15-14. Texas’ struggles come primarily on the road with a record of 9-18 on the year.
- Seattle Mariners (25-29)
Speaking of injuries, Seattle’s starting rotation was down to one original starter for nearly all of May. Despite the injury woes, the Mariners ended May on a high note with four straight wins, three over the Colorado Rockies.
- Oakland A’s (23-29)
In Oakland’s five games in May that came down to the final play, the A’s went 4-1. However, that was pretty much the highlight of the month as Oakland had just two winning streaks as large as three games in the month.
- Los Angeles Dodgers (33-21)
The Dodgers were red hot through May with a 19-9 record. Rookie Cody Bellinger had an outstanding month with 27 RBIs, nine homers behind a .245 batting average.
- Colorado Rockies (33-22)
In the tight West, the Rockies held the division lead from May 2 to May 29, but managed a lead as large as only 2.5 games. Colorado’s offense was fantastic and averaged 5.4 runs per game, and tallied 10-plus runs five times in the month.
- Arizona Diamondbacks (33-22)
May was a cold month offensively for Arizona. The Diamondbacks scored 5.2 runs per game in April and 4.6 per game in May. However, the pitching compensated and Arizona kept winning.
- San Diego Padres (22-33)
After winning just seven games the rest of May, the Padres won their final four games of the month, including a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs. However, things don’t appear to be improving as the Padres are the worst hitting team in the bigs with a .221 team batting average.
- San Francisco Giants (22-33)
The Giants are a mess offensively. Second to last in team batting average and total bases, then last in slugging percentage. The Giants’ average pitching will have to keep this team afloat if it’s going to happen, because this anemic offense will not be what raises them from the bed of McCovey Cove.