3 Padres players who stood out and 3 who stumbled in May

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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Yu Darvish
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Padres pitcher Yu Darvish stumbled in May

It feels like Yu Darvish hasn't quite settled in yet. He had one great start against the Brewers in April in which he allowed one run in seven innings with 12 strikeouts, but he finished that month with an ERA of 3.60. Not bad, but not exactly Yu Darvish.

He had three quality starts in the month of May which is good but he allowed more home runs than he usually has, and hasn't struck out as many as he usually has either.

Darvish's 5.74 ERA in the month of May is effected greatly by his start against the Yankees in which he lasted just 2.2 innings and allowed seven runs in New York, but he had a 3.75 ERA and a 4.25 FIP in the month prior to that rough outing.

It's obvious that as the ace of the staff starts like the one against the Yankees (when the Padres actually scored seven runs) simply cannot happen. The team went 2-3 in his starts which isn't his fault but was sort of indicitive of how he pitched. I think his expectations are lofty, but they should be as the ace. I expect better things in May. Let's see him return to ace form.