May’s hottest hitters: Matt Joyce, Jose Bautista lead the way

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Here’s a look at MLB’s OPS leaders for the month of May:

1. Matt Joyce (Rays) – 1.281
2. Jose Bautista (Blue Jays) – 1.273
3. Ramon Hernandez (Reds) – 1.204
4. Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox) – 1.089
5. Jhonny Peralta (Tigers) – 1.083
6. Victor Martinez (Tigers) – 1.073
7. Carlos Pena (Cubs) – 1.069
8. Mike Stanton (Marlins) – 1.056
9. Carlos Beltran (Mets) – 1.051
10. Logan Morrison (Marlins) – 1.049
11. David Ortiz (Red Sox) – 1.045
12. Ryan Doumit (Pirates) – 1.043
13. Justin Turner (Mets) – 1.042
14. Jay Bruce (Reds) – 1.029
15. Jon Jay (Cardinals) – 1.019
16. Kevin Youkilis (Red Sox) – 1.013
17. Todd Helton (Rockies) – .989
18. Trevor Plouffe (Twins) – .983
19. Brad Hawpe (Padres) – .973
20. Lance Berkman (Cardinals) – .970

– Gonzalez and Stanton are tops this month with eight homers apiece, while Bautista and Curtis Granderson have hit seven. Gonzalez is crushing the competition with 26 RBI. No one else has driven in more than 17 runs this month.

– Bautista, despite being second overall here, actually has a lower May OPS than his overall mark of 1.300.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.