Detroit Tigers: May MVPs and Disappointments

Steven FinchCorrespondent IJune 1, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 15:  Curtis Granderson #28of the Detroit Tigers grips his bat during a game against the Kansas City Royals on May 15, 2008 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

It's time once again to profile my monthly MVPs and disappointments, this time for May.

It seems like I just got done doing this for April, my how time flies while you're having fun.

At the end of May, the Tigers are 28-21, four games up on the Chicago White Sox.

This time last month, the Royals seemed strong, but like I have said before, a lot of teams start off strong but trail away when you get into the stretch.

It's not even into the "dog days" of summer and the Royals have started to trail off.

The White Sox seem to be the only other team out of the Central that actually has a chance to challenge the Tigers, but like I said, it's still too early.


May Batting MVP: OF Curtis Granderson

It seems like every time I see the top 10 plays of the week on ESPN, there's Granderson making some outlandish catches.

Most of those are home run robbing plays, and everyone loves to see that out of their current center fielder.

Add in the fact that he is also batting .258 with 13 home runs and 30 RBI, and you have a recipe for nastiness.

I am very impressed with Granderson's play so far this year.


May Batting Disappointment: OF Magglio Ordonez

Yes that's right, I'm picking on Maggs again. Though his hitting has picked up a little, his numbers after two months don't resemble those of the player of old.

Ordonez is batting .280 with two home runs and 19 RBI.

Sooner or later he needs to pick it up, if he can do that, then the Tigers will have the best hitters in Ordonez and Cabrera.

I would like to see that.

At least he's doing better than David Ortiz.


May Pitching MVP: SP Justin Verlander

Last month Verlander was my disappointment, but he has rebounded in the last month, going 6-2 with a 3.63 ERA.

After starting out 0-2, he has turned it on lately winning six games in a row.

I am happy for him, and the Tigers needed Verlander to be the player they are used to seeing on the mound.

Glad to see him step it up.


May Pitching Disappointment: SP Armando Galarraga and SP Jeremy Bonderman

After starting out strong in April, Galarraga has trailed off lately.

Last month he had won three out of four appearances, now he has lost five straight.

A lot of pitchers run into obstacles, and others are just good because no hitters really know his pitches yet.

Soon after the opposition figures out what type of pitcher he is, it can be all down hill from there. I hope that is not the case.

I split this award with Bonderman. I know he's hurt, but he really hasn't materialized into the starter I thought the Tigers were getting.

It seems like he can't stay healthy, and when he does he really isn't that dominating.

I am very disappointed with Bonderman.

Let's hope that the Tigers can keep it up, and continue to get wins in the following month. It's going to be interesting as the season makes the turn into summer baseball.


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