The St. Louis Cardinals haven't had the best month of May. They entered the month with a record of 14-8, and they held a three game lead over the Cincinnati Reds in the NL Central. On this, the last day of May, the team is now looking up at the Reds. With that frustrating stretch of games have come a few positives. The team has completed its schedule for May, and here are three players who provided the best results in the season's second month.
Matt Holliday, OF - Holliday got off to a slow start in 2012. He ended April hitting .215, but a strong May has allowed him to catch the league leaders in several categories. Holliday has hit .340 in May, and his 21 RBIs have brought his total to 34, good for 8th in the National League. One indication of how well a player is seeing the ball at the plate is the number of walks he takes, and Holliday has drawn 17 walks in May to bring him into the top 10 in walks.
Yadier Molina, C - Molina is proving the Cardinals made a smart move to lock him up to a contract extension during spring training. It wasn't as if Molina had a poor April. He hit .316 in the first month of 2012. But he has stepped things up a notch in May. Yadi is hitting .347 in May with 17 RBIs. He is now in the top three in the league in batting average and just outside the top 10 in RBIs. Molina had nine multi-hit games in the month, including two four-hit games.
Carlos Beltran, OF - Beltran has had a great May and must be in consideration for the NL Player of the Month. He has hit 10 home runs and knocked in 31 runners. That is a huge month. Beltran's power numbers are tremendous. He is slugging .707 in May with an OPS of 1.117. The team was hoping to replace some production when it lost Albert Pujols to the Los Angeles Angels, and Beltran done that extremely well.A native of St. Louis, Brad Boeker has rooted for the Cardinals for over 40 years.
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