Provided you are impressed with someone batting .394/.438/.500 with a homer, stolen base and 12 RBI, that is. And, from behind the plate, guiding 17 different pitchers through games including three rookie starters and two rookie relievers. While ending the month with the second-best batting average in the National League.
Yep, as mentioned the other day, there’s one easy choice for Cardinals MVP thus far in 2013. Yadi also was the easy choice for our May BAMF as well. His month was amazing.
Not that he didn’t have some competition. When a team goes 20-7 during a month, there obviously are a lot of contributors.
Like Allen Craig, who batted .356/.414/.538 in May with his first three homers of the year, 19 RBI and the first two triples of his career.
Plus Matt Carpenter, who hit .352/.447/.467 and had nine doubles, 10 RBI and walked 18 times.
Or Shelby Miller, with a 2-1 record and 1.99 ERA plus a nearly perfect game for his first career shutout.
And Edward Mujica, with his 12 consecutive saves to give him 17 for the season — which is second in the NL.
Yes, May was a terrific month for the team overall. In addition to the terrific record for the month in which they never lost back-to-back games, they spent the entire month in first place in the NL Central with a lead of as much as three games at one point. It’s currently 1 1/2 over both the Pirates and Reds. The Cards currently have, and for much of May had, the best record in the majors. The starting rotation was pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated last week. The pitchers still have the best overall ERA in the majors at 3.07, with the starters ERA still tops at 2.58.
Throughout all of those superlatives, Yadi’s impact is felt — right?
And now we’re at June 1, with a full day of baseball ahead against the San Francisco Giants (and hopefully much better weather too). It’s been fun watching the roll the Cardinals are on, which is sure to continue as we start the season’s third month.
One thing we can count on: just as he was in May, Yadi will continue to be the rock on which the rest of the Cardinals foundation rests.
Christine Coleman is the lead St. Louis Cardinals reporter for Aaron Miles’ Fastball. Follow her on Twitter, @CColeman802, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow @AMilesFastball for the latest updates.