Three who excelled in May
Charlie Blackmon — Let’s start with the bearded wonder and what he did in the month, posting a .310/.396/.452 slash line. That includes ending the month with a bang, logging a 3-for-4 performance as the Rockies salvaged a win on Sunday in the final game of their three-game series in Pittsburgh.
However, let’s also give props to Blackmon for what he did off the field on Sunday as well. We don’t know exactly what Chuck Nazty did to fire up the Rockies before the game, but he certainly did something.
You can hear the cryptic description of what that might have been below.
Daniel Bard — Bard’s ERA for the month might stand at 3.97, but it’s what the Rockies closer has done lately that has truly stood out.
With some good sleuth work from our friend Manny Randhawa of MLB.com, we can see that Bard’s ERA for the season stood at 9.00 on May 2. Since then, Bard has been on lockdown mode, posting a 0.82 ERA in his last nine outings. That includes two innings on Sunday of scoreless work where he only allowed just one walk. That is part of a 5.1-inning stretch where he has allowed just two hits.
Carlos Estévez — OK, so it’s only been three games since Estévez came back from the injured list after suffering a right middle finger strain, but the hard-throwing right-hander has been lights out in his return.
In three outings totaling 3.1 innings, Estévez has struck out four and not allowed a hit or walk.
Estévez was actually on a roll before his injury as well. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in seven consecutive appearances dating back to April 15.