May Fantasy Awards
June 6, 2002
It's no contest for May's best performance as Soriano did it all and continues to tear the cover off the ball while stealing bases as well. Let's take a look at May's top 5.
1. Alfonso Soriano
Soriano's stats do all the talking this month: 9 HRs, 10 SBs, 21 RBIs, 22 Rs, and a .293 average in May. Even Shawn Green can't match those totals.
2. Curt Schilling
Who can argue with a month including 5 wins, 62 Ks, an ERA of 2.80 and a WHIP of just 0.800? Schilling walked only 2 batters during May. While those numbers might rise, you can still expect great things from Schilling the rest of the way.
3. Byung-Hyun Kim
Kim has shown absolutely no setback from his poor World Series performance last year. The submariner made the most of May, converting 9 saves, winning 2, striking out 28 with an ERA of 2.027 while only allowing 1 baserunner per inning. If Kim's maturity level catches up to his talent, there will be no stopping him.
4. Jason Isringhausen
May's most efficient player. Izzy threw only 15 2/3 innings but saved 12 ballgames and allowed just 1 earned run the entire month.
5. Todd Helton
Helton is heating up with the weather, posting huge numbers in May and solidifying his place as one of MLB's top first basemen. Helton put up double digit HR totals in May, hit .347 with 28 RBIs, 24 Rs, AND managed to swipe 3 bases. Who knew?
No repeats from April's best, showing that consistency is better than flash. For example, ARod hasn't made the top 5 yet, but at the end of the year, there's not many players you'd rather have on your squad.
Honorable Mention for May:
Eric Owens, Ichiro, Luis Castillo, Sammy Sosa, and Preston Wilson