Each month The Nats Blog will announce our Nationals Player of the Month as voted upon by our writers. This award will be determined on quality of performance as well as the impact of that performance.
The month of May was a diverse one for the club. They saw their record go as high as six games above .500 halfway through the month, and as low as one game under .500 after a rough series against the Giants earlier last week. Despite several starting pitchers either sustaining injuries or coming back to earth, the club got help from hitters who didn’t have an exceptional April.
Cristian Guzman improved his batting average 100 points to hit .372/.405/.436 this month. Adam Dunn batted .309/.395/.617 with six homers in May, and topped Dunn with seven homers of his own.
However our writers decided unanimously that The Nats Blog’s player of the month should be Josh Willingham. Willingham, while batting only .266 in the month, reached base at .422. He tied Zimmerman with a team lead of seven homers, drove in 22 RBI, and slugged .595.
With his outburst he has improved his season totals to .275/.429/.529 with 10 homers, 34 RBI, and four stolen bases. He currently ranks first in the National League in on base percentage, and fourth in the National League in OPS. Ryan Zimmerman and Adam Dunn are also top 10 in the National League in OPS.
While his numbers have been fantastic, it has been the timing of his numbers that have been most valuable to the Nationals. During the last 12 days of the month of May where the Nats have struggled to score runs, Willingham contributed nine runs, 12 RBI, and 12 hits.