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May’s hottest hitters: Matt Joyce, Jose Bautista lead the way

May 21, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

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Here’s a look at MLB’s OPS leaders for the month of May:

1. Matt Joyce (Rays) – 1.281
2. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 1.273
3. Ramon Hernandez (Reds) – 1.204
4. Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) – 1.089
5. Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) – 1.083
6. Victor Martinez (Tigers) – 1.073
7. Carlos Pena (Cubs) – 1.069
8. Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 1.056
9. Carlos Beltran (Mets) – 1.051
10. Logan Morrison (Marlins) – 1.049
11. David Ortiz (Red Sox) – 1.045
12. Ryan Doumit (Pirates) – 1.043
13. Justin Turner (Mets) – 1.042
14. Jay Bruce (Reds) – 1.029
15. Jon Jay (Cardinals) – 1.019
16. Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) – 1.013
17. Todd Helton (Rockies) – .989
18. Trevor Plouffe (Twins) – .983
19. Brad Hawpe (Padres) – .973
20. Lance Berkman (Cardinals) – .970

- Gonzalez and Stanton are tops this month with eight homers apiece, while Bautista and Curtis Granderson have hit seven. Gonzalez is crushing the competition with 26 RBI. No one else has driven in more than 17 runs this month.

- Bautista, despite being second overall here, actually has a lower May OPS than his overall mark of 1.300.

  1. cur68 - May 21, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Matthew; you can re-do the math. Bautista now has 2 more homers and 4 more RBI’s for the month of May. Stole a base, too.

    Red Sox play the Cubbies again tonight. I’m looking forward to watching Adrian Gonzalez running the bases. He is the most interesting base runner in the world if his recent efforts on the base paths are anything to go by.

    Go Cubbies; beat those divisional rivals! (I can’t believe I’m being forced to root for that a$$ Zambrano…I deserve some sort of misfortune to befall me…)

    • missthemexpos - May 21, 2011 at 4:19 PM

      After Jose going hitless 2 games in a row, I was wondering if maybe there was something to all this talk of May 21st being Judgement Day, the rapture. Alas, May 21st is merely Jose proving once again he is the most interesting baseball player in the world.

  2. henryd3rd - May 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    What did this guy take before the start of the 2010 season? He went from mediocre journeyman player to superstar over night. I wouldn’t pitch to that dude unless the game was out of reach or the commissioner directed me to do so. He’s a monster! Play the Blue Jays got him on the cheap. Can you imagine what he would command were he a free agent?

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