by Nathan Mendelowitz
Matt Cain – Hot
After a rough outing in April, Giants ace Matt Cain has had a much better start to the month of May. In two starts so far, Cain is (2-0) with an ERA of 1.76. Batters are hitting only .151 and Cain has given up just three extra-base hits in 15.1 innings.
In April, Cain only made it past the sixth inning once, pitching seven innings against the Cubs on April 12. Now in May, Cain has made it past the seventh inning twice and in his last start against Atlanta, Cain pitched eight solid innings.
Angel Pagan – Not
Yes, Angel Pagan had a nice two-run homer the other night against the Atlanta Braves. However, that’s only been one bright spot with his hitting in May so far. The “Crazy Horse” is hitting an ugly .190 with an on-base percentage of .280. For a leadoff hitter, this is not acceptable.
When Pagan does get a hit, he is making the most out of it. His four hits have all been extra-base hits and Pagan has driven in five RBIs. But when your job is to get on base, Pagan isn’t do his part.
No one on the A’s – Hot
In all honesty, no one from the A’s deserves to be here. The Starting pitching has been bad. The hitting isn’t helping either. It’s been a rough May and if trends keep up, it will only get worse.
The entire A’s offense – Not
It’s been a rough May for the A’s hitters so far. The A’s are 3-7 in the month of May and even though the starting pitching hasn’t been great, the hitting has been worse. It’s really a take your pick at this moment.
Josh Reddick continues to look lost and is now back on the disabled list. After a hot April, Jed Lowrie is batting .188 in May with only six hits and one one extra-base hit. Josh Donaldson has also seen his numbers fall while hitting .233 in May with one extra-base hit and 10 strikeouts. Seth Smith is batting .143 with one RBI, one extra-base hit and 13 strikeouts in May. Since coming back from injury, Yoenis Cespedes is still struggling batting .188 with two extra-base hits and 11 strikeouts.
The list gets worse and worse. The only light at the end of the tunnel is Coco Crisp and Chris Young should be back soon and the A’s really need them back.
Stephen Vogt – Hot (Sacramento)
Steven Vogt has been a beast all season for the River Cats. Vogt is batting .345 and slugging .609 with six homers. About 40 percent of his hits are of the extra-base variety and has driven in 20 RBIs. With the recent woes the A’s batting has been having, Vogt might be heading to the bigs sooner rather than later.