Position Player of the Month – Nelson Cruz
339/.388/.748,13 HR, 27 RBI
While others were considered, the answer to this one was obvious. Nelson Cruz continues to be the dominant force in the Orioles offense. He nearly received the honors in April and he somehow outdid himself in May. He now has the Orioles record for RBIs through May with 51 and he has knocked in nearly a quarter of the Orioles total runs to date. He is hitting the ball hard everywhere on the field. Without Nelson Cruz the Orioles would be in dire straights.
Starting Pitcher of the Month – Ubaldo Jimenez
I considered handing no one this award, but Jimenez has been pretty good this month. He has struck out 26.9% of batters faced this month and while he does continue to rack up the walks he only gave up 28 hits in 34.2 innings allowing him to limit the damage. His inconsistency from game to game continues to plague his overall line, but which Orioles starting pitcher couldn’t you say that about?
Relief Pitcher of the Month – Zach Britton
0.63 ERA, 14.1 IP, 5.7 K/9, 8 H
Zach Britton gets the tab once again. Darren O’Day was considered, but Britton continues to shine. Now in the “closer” role, Britton continues to be great. He has given up some hits finally, but the ground balls continue to come. He blew one save, but it was on a cheap swinging bunt infield hit. Britton has been the best pitcher period on the Orioles so far this year and he continued his dominance into May.