Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera piled up hits over the month of April. Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Across ‘the Pond’ in Wales, they adjust a well known saying about early spring weather to “April comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.” Everth Cabrera may need to make his own adjustment to the phrase inserting ‘lion’ at both ends to reflect his hitting across the balance of the month.
33 hits in 27 games with a .294 average for the month. To add to that, a nine-game hitting streak (4/8-4/16) and the fact that the Padres everyday shortstop has yet to go two straight games without getting a base hit.
As reported by Alex Espinoza for MLB.com, the hit-man month for Cabrera also has historic implications to put him in the company of All-Stars and even a Hall of Famer. His 33 hits is fourth most in the month of April by a Padre behind Ken Caminiti and Dave Winfield with 37 in 1996 and 1979, respectively, and Adrian Gonzalez with 34 back in 2007.
In the here and now, Cabrera is proving far more valuable than any historical ranking could ever be. He is the only Padre this season to reach the 30-hit plateau in the first month and, along with Chris Denorfia (27), one of only two players to notch 20 base hits in the first 29 games.
Now what about May?
The 27-year-old Cabrera has played in more than ten May games just one other time in his career. That came in 2013 when he put up 29 hits over the course of 28 games.
We may need to come up with another saying for an Everth month of May.