Biggest San Diego Padres winners and losers in May

May 5, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (13) gestures after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Manny Machado (13) gestures after hitting a home run during the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /
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MacKenzie Gore, Padres
May 29, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres starting pitcher MacKenzie Gore (1) throws a pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the seventh inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports /

Winner: MacKenzie Gore

MacKenzie Gore made himself the headline of the NL Rookie of the Year conversation with his stellar pitching.

Over five games (four starts), Gore posted a 1.69 ERA and held opposing batters to .204/.279/.226 and a minuscule .505 OPS. He struck out 27 batters and only allowed five earned runs in 26 2/3 innings. Most impressive of all, Gore has not allowed a home run since his big-league debut on April 15.

Loser: Jake Cronenworth

Jake Cronenworth wasn’t hitting particularly well in April, but he fared even worse in May. His on-base percentage fell by nearly 100 points, his OPS by over 100 points. He only played four more games in May than in April, but he struck out nearly twice as much.

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