Mariners Winners from May
Ty France – .355/.427/.473, 7 2B, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 12 R
France has been one of the best hitters in baseball this year, and turned it up during the month of May. It seems like all this guy does is hit, and he carries a 12-game hit streak into game two against Baltimore.
Julio Rodriguez – .309/.339/.527, 4 2B, 6 HR, 17 RBI, 12 R
We all wanted Julio to do well, and it seems like the baseball world is finally realizing that he has been having a great season. Those first eight games threw everyone off, but Julio has been crushing it since. He carried it throughout the entire month of May, and nearly capped it off with a homer in the first against Baltimore on the 31st, but the new wall barely kept it in play.
George Kirby – 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 26 IP, 27 H, 3 BB, 28 K, .265 BAA
I easily could’ve put Logan Gilbert here, and he did have numbers that were a bit better than Kirby. However, Kirby was called up to take over for Brash, and has done quite well for being so inexperienced, which is why he gets the nod. He capped off a great month with a spectacular performance against the Orioles, striking out 8 in six scoreless innings, commanding the zone, and attacking hitters all night.
Penn Murfee – 1.35 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 7 H, 4 BB, 16 K, .152 BAA
Murfee has been one of the biggest surprises of the season for the Mariners, even more so than Julio Rodriguez. We called it during the offseason, but he has surpassed everyone’s hopes. For a bullpen that has struggled a bit with inconsistency and injuries, Murfee has been a stalwart.