Monday, June 1, 2009

Albee's All-May All-Star teams

Another month. Another Albee All-Star team. This one is for the All-May team and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer tops it.

Mauer batted .414 with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs in 27 games in the month of May. His slugging percentage was .838 and his on base percentage was .500. Any questions?

Joining Mauer on Albee’s All-May All-Star team are Yankees first baseman Mark Teixiera (May-high 13 HRs and 34 RBIs plus a .775 slugging percentage), A’s newly-acquired second baseman Adam Kennedy (.390 BA, .622 slugging) and a pair of Tampa Bay Rays; third baseman Evan Longoria and shortstop Jason Bartlett, who was hitting .397 in the month of May with 23 RBIs, nine stolen bases and .705 slugging percentage before landing on the 15-day disabled list.

The Albee AL All-May All-Star outfield consists of  Boston’s Jason Bay (10 HRs, 29 RBIs in 27 games), Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki (.384) and  Tampa Bay’s Carl Crawford, who stole 20 bases, scored 27 runs and hit .356 to edge out Michael Cuddyer of the Twins on the team.

Though Cleveland’s Carl Pavano somehow managed to win five games and Toronto’s Roy Halladay was 4-0 with a 1.76 ERA in May, Kansas City’s Zack Greinke’s ERA was lower (1.57) and he had three complete games and struck out 44 batters while walking only four in the month.

In the National League, a couple of former Oakland A’s are on the Albee All-May All-Star team: Astros shortstop Miguel Tejada (month-high .380 BA, 70 total bases and only six strikeouts in 108 at bats) and Reds catcher Ramon Hernandez, who had 16 RBIs to beat out Dodgers catcher Russell Martin, who had seven stolen bases -- or as many as all the other NL catchers combined in the month of May.

The Albee All-May All-Star first baseman was St. Louis’ Albert Pujols, who was on the All-April team. He batted .341 with a .682 slugging percentage and .477 on base percentage. The All-May second baseman is Brandon Phillips of Cincinnati, who hit .352 with 60 total bases in 22 games and had the same slugging percentage as Pujols. David Wright of the Mets, with a May-best .474 on base percentage, .378 batting average, 22 RBIs and nine stolen bases, is the NL’s All-May third baseman.

In the NL outfield, Raul Ibanez made it 2-for-2 (All April and All May) with a .661 slugging percentage plus 10 HRs and 29 RBIs. Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton flanks him after hitting .373 in the month with a May-high .707 slugging percentage and .444 on base percentage and Manny Ramirez’s replacement, Juan Pierre, earned a spot on the Albee All-May All-Star team with a .435 on base percentage, a .369 batting average, nine stolen bases and zero suspensions.

Johan Santana of the Mets was the NL’s All-May pitcher with a 4-1 record a 2.43 ERA. He had 42 Ks and only 11 BBs in 33.1 innings to beat out the Giants’ Matt Cain, who was 4-1 with a 2.45 ERA in May.



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