The best team in baseball now can say it has the hottest hitter and pitcher. On Friday, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa and starter Lance McCullers were honored as the AL hitter and pitcher for the month of May.
This is the first time the Astros have had the player of the month and pitcher of the month at the same time. The last time it happened in the American League was with Boston's David Ortiz and Jon Lester in 2010.
In 26 games, Correa hit .386, with eight doubles, seven homers, 26 runs batted in and a 1.130 OPS for the month. He led the league in batting average and RBI, and he was third in on-base percentage and tied for sixth in slugging percentage. He had multiple hits in 14 of his 26 games, including five consecutive games from May 25-29, which came after being out sick for two games against the Tigers.
McCullers went 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in May. He had 37 strikeouts in 36.1 innings and had a .164 opponent batting average. He threw 22 consecutive scoreless innings (25 1/3 without an earned run) from May 6-23, which was the longest streak by an Astros pitcher since Roy Oswalt had 32 scoreless innings in 2008.
The last Astros pitcher to go at least four games with no earned runs and at least 5.0 innings pitched was Nolan Ryan in 1984.
Correa, as usual, adhered to humility and deferred praise to the deep lineup he cleans up. The Astros went 22-7 in May and outscored opponents by 67 runs.
"One through nine, bro," Correa said.