1st Pitch: Hitters sad to see May go

Quick Hits: We’re all well aware of David Ortiz’s May resurgence. But here are a few other hitters who will be sad to see the calendar turn to June.

  • Mike Fontenot is batting .378 in May, over 100 points higher than his career BA of .274

  • Travis Hafner regained his old form this month, batting .333 with a .457 OBP.

  • Jose Bautista has hit 12 home runs in May, tying a team record for most homers in a month.

  • Mike Sweeney has revived his career, batting .333 with a .704 slugging percentage in May.

  • Troy Glaus hit .323 with a team-leading 25 RBI.

Today’s Trivia: Happy 43rd birthday to Kenny Lofton. In the 1990s, no one had a higher batting average as a leadoff hitter than Lofton’s .309 mark. In fact, only three others with at least 1,500 plate appearances were above .300. Can you name them?

Lowest Opp BA

When Pitch Count Above 90

Today’s Leaderboard: Typically, a pitcher loses effectiveness as his pitch count climbs. But that doesn’t hold true for everyone. Among those that have excelled in high pitch count situation is today’s starter for the Rays, Matt Garza, who has a .100 opponent’s batting average when his pitch count climbs above 90.

Key Matchups: Not many players in Cleveland’s young lineup have faced Andy Pettitte, but Pettitte has struggled against those that he has faced. The seven players on the Indians active roster who have faced Pettitte have combined to hit .338, led by Austin Kearns’ .462 (6-13) performance.

You can count Todd Helton among the few players who have figured out Tim Lincecum. In his career against Lincecum, Helton is batting .474 (9-19) with a 1.284 OPS.

Trivia Answer: Wade Boggs (.307), ESPN’s own Doug Glanville (.305) and Bip Roberts (.301).