Correa, McCullers garner AL honors for May

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Correa overcame a slow start to the season — he was hitting just .233 with a pair of home runs at the end of April — and was an absolute force in May. In 26 games last month, Correa put up a slash line of .386/.457/.673, good for an 1.130 OPS, while mashing seven homers and driving in 26 runs.

• AL Player of the Month Award winners

McCullers made a similar jump in May. The 23-year-old wasn’t exactly slumping early on, but his ERA was 4.34 after April. But in May, however, he was nearly unhittable. McCullers went 4-0 with a 0.99 ERA in his six starts, allowing just four earned runs in 36 1/3 innings. He also struck out 37 batters.

McCullers Jr.'s strong start

This is the second straight month an Astros pitcher has taken home AL Pitcher of the Month honors. Dallas Keuchel was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for April after his own dominant run. The most recent Astros player before Correa to win AL Player of the Month was Jose Altuve last June.

• AL Pitcher of the Month Award winners

Correa paced the AL in several categories in May, including Wins Above Replacement, with a 1.9 WAR for the month. The 22-year-old’s .386 batting average led all qualified AL hitters, as did his 26 RBIs. His May OPS was second only to Mike Trout‘s 1.280 mark.

McCullers’ 0.99 May ERA was easily tops among qualified AL starters, more than one run ahead of the next-closest pitcher — Michael Fulmer, who had a 2.19 ERA for the month. McCullers’ 4-0 record was second best in the league, behind only Chris Sale, who went 5-0 but had an ERA over 4.00. McCullers’ 37 strikeouts in May also ranked fifth in the AL.

This is the first career Player of the Month Award for Correa, and the first career Pitcher of the Month Award for McCullers.

David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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