The Cincinnati Reds are steamrolling their way through the National League West. The Reds are led by third baseman Tony Perez who captured Player of the Month laurels with an impressive monthly batting average of .393 with 13 home runs and 32 RBI. Perez leads the National League in batting average with a .380 mark and is second to Philadelphia’s Richie Allen in home runs with 14. Tony’s big day in May came at Crosley Field against the Mets on May 11. Perez belted two home runs and drove in six runs in an 11-5 romp over the Mets.
In the American League, Boston’s newest favorite son, Rico Petrocelli, nabbed Player of the Month for May. Rico swatted ten home runs for the month while batting a cool .373. Petrocelli drove in 21 runs as he attempts to lead the Red Sox to AL Eastern contention. After struggling at the plate for the last 4 seasons, it appears the 25-year-old Petrocelli may have finally put it all together. That’s good news for the Fenway faithful who will need all the help they can get to catch the high-flying Orioles in the East.