Baseball's power bats heated up in the month of May. Seven Major League players totaled ten or more home runs and more than 20 posted slugging percentages over .600. Slugging outfielders Giancarlo Stanton and Josh Hamilton tied for the Major League lead with 12 home runs a piece to anchor baseball's hottest hitters in May.
Giancarlo Stanton, Miami Marlins:
The Marlins have the third best record in the National League and Giancarlo Stanton has been a major part of their success. After posting a .628 OPS in April, Stanton exploded for 22 extra-base hits including a dozen homers in the month of May. He led all of MLB with a 1.201 OPS and 83 total bases and he was one of three hitters to drive in 30 or more RBI.
Josh Hamilton, Texas Rangers:
Josh Hamilton went on an unreal tear in early May that included nine home runs in a six-game stretch and a four-homer game. He tied Stanton for the most home runs in May with 12 and increased his MLB-leading season total to 21. He batted .344 with a .405 on-base percentage which actually dropped his season numbers in both categories. His 1.187 OPS in May was the third highest among players with at least 50 plate appearances.
Melky Cabrera, San Francisco Giants:
Melky Cabrera cracked a ridiculous 51 hits in May, by far the most by any Major Leaguer. That total tied the Giants' franchise record for hits in a month. Overall, he hit .429 with seven doubles, five triples, and three home runs. In 29 games played, he had 16 multi-hit games including three four-hit games. He raised his season batting average from .300 to .373 and increased his OPS from .789 to .967.
Carlos Gonzalez, Colorado Rockies:
Carlos Gonzalez finished the month of May swinging one of the hottest bats in baseball. He ended the month with five consecutive multi-hit games and six home runs in that span to give him ten in May and 14 overall in 2012. Gonzalez batted .351 and slugged .728 in May to lift his season OPS to 1.054. He drove in 26 RBI to bring his season total to 44, tying him with Andre Ethier for the NL lead.
Carlos Ruiz, Philadelphia Phillies:
It's been an up and down season for the Phillies with the injury bug biting several key players, but Carlos Ruiz has been one of their biggest bright spots. Ruiz finished May second to Cabrera in average as he batted .418 with five home runs and a 1.180 OPS. Through the season's first two months, Ruiz is just one home run shy of his career high; he has eight on the season with a .371 average and .615 slugging percentage.
Statistics obtained from MLB.com, Yahoo! Sports, and ESPN.com
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