Miguel Cabrera got a lot of high-fives this month.
Jose Valverde’s ninth-inning implosion spoiled the final day of the month for the Detroit Tigers.
But when you look back on the month as a whole, you’ll see something else- one of the great months in the history of the sport put up by Miguel Cabrera.
Cabrera’s homer gave him a dozen in May, the most of anyone in the American League. Cabrera won the AL Triple Crown for the Month, hitting .379 with 12 home runs and 33 runs batted in.
.375 BA, 12 HR, 33 RBI In May
He’s the first player to hit for that high a batting average, with that many home runs and that many RBI in the month of May since Mickey Mantle hit .414 with 16 home runs and 35 RBI for the 1956 Yankees, a season that concluded with his winning the Triple Crown. The full list, via the Elias Sports Bureau, is in the chart on the right.
Elias also tells us that Cabrera is the first player in MLB history to enter the month of June with a batting average of at least .340 as well as at least 15 home runs and 60 RBI.
For a Next Level look about what’s made Cabrera’s home runs special this season, check our blog post from earlier in the day.
Who else had a great month of May on the offensive end?
Here are two other hitters who were among the game’s most impressive.
The St.Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants had their game postponed, allowing Scutaro to finish with a .420 average, highest in the majors for the month.
The Giants second baseman, who rarely swings and misses, whiffed only three times in 100 at-bats.
Marco Scutaro in 2012
He became only the third player since World War II ended in 1945 with a .420 batting average in a calendar month in which he had at least 100 at-bats and fewer than three strikeouts.
The other two are Hall-of-Famers Lou Boudreau (August 1948 for Indians) and Tony Gwynn (August 1993 and May 1997 for Padres).
Scutaro owned the outer half of the plate. He was 25-for-49 in at-bats that ended with a pitch that was in that area, or just off the outside corner. He missed on only three of 85 swings against those pitches.
Davis hit .364 with 10 homers in May and capped the month with a hit in the Orioles’ ninth-inning rally against the Tigers, which was won on a walk-off homer by another Chris—- Chris Dickerson.
Miguel Cabrera vs Chris Davis
Davis is the first Orioles player to have that high a batting average with that many homers in a calendar month since Albert Belle hit .364 with 12 homers in June 2000.
He finished with the highest slugging percentage (.768) of anyone in the majors and the second-highest wOBA (weighted on-base average) of any player this month, with his .491 trailing only Cabrera’s .499.
Davis has been a very tough out with two strikes through the first two months of the season. His 12 two-strike homers in 2013 have already surpassed the 10 he hit in 2012.
Davis is hitting .287 with two strikes this season. He hit only .161 in two-strike counts in 2012.