This article is part of our Oak's Corner series.
The Month That Was
- Justin Bour had a monster May, leading all of MLB with 11 homers while hitting .344 with a 1.156 OPS. With his 15 homers on the year, he has now matched his total from 2016 when he played 90 games. While Bour's fly ball rate has stayed the same at 34.1 percent, he significantly has ramped up his hard hit rate up to 48.5 percent, good for third best in all of baseball behind only Miguel Sano and Freddie Freeman. Bour is hitting .288 on the season and while he might not end up that high, one of the appeals to Bour in the preseason was that along with some power upside, he didn't have the batting average downside of other power hitters, as Bour has topped .260 in all of three prior seasons in the majors. Bour's strikeouts are up a bit to 22.9 percent, but that's still a manageable number for his profile, and if he can keep some of the hard hit gains (and stay healthy, his issue in 2016), I like him to be a solid fantasy contributor the rest of the way.
- Anthony Rizzo has contributed 12 homers and tossed in
Since we are just finishing up another month of baseball, I am going to mix it up a little bit from my usual look back at the week and look at some interesting players and stats from the month of May and how I feel about them moving forward.