It’s only been two months.
That’s how far into the season we are, so it’s simply too early to make a definitive statement about the Royals’ trade for pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. Of course, the guy the Royals traded for Sanchez is not making it easy for fans around here to keep things in perspective.
On Tuesday, Melky Cabrera collected his 50th hit for the month of May, breaking the Giants record that had been held by Willie Mays, who had 49 in 1958.
Any time you are mentioned in the same breath as Mays, it’s a good thing.
"I wasn't aware of it," Cabrera told reporters of the record. "I'm very happy I was able to equal a record by Willie Mays, and maybe one day I can be like Willie Mays myself."
At this point, Cabrera has Mays-like numbers. He leads the league in average (.376), hits (77), runs (38), total bases (114) and triples (six).
For the month of May he’s hitting .435/.463/.661.
Cabrera even has his own fan club: The Melk Men, and he posted this picture of them on his Twitter account.
You’ve got to feel for Sanchez, who is 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA. Fans will look at Cabrera’s numbers and expect more from Sanchez when he comes back from the disabled list. (Or maybe from minor-leaguer Ryan Verdugo, who was part of the trade).
That’s not fair, of course, and he will certainly cool off soon. In fact, the month of June has been Cabrera’s worst full month through his career. He’s only batted .253 in the past in June with nine of his career 62 homers. However, July has been his best month. He’s batted .321 with 13 homers, despite the break for the All-Star Game.
And yes, we should probably expect to see Cabrera back at Kauffman Stadium for that game.
Not sure if the Melk Men will follow him, though.