Phillies: Five things we learned from the month of May

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Yasmani Grandal of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands at the plate while Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies scores a run in the seventh inning as Jesmuel Valentin #9 signals to stand at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 31: Yasmani Grandal of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands at the plate while Scott Kingery #4 of the Philadelphia Phillies scores a run in the seventh inning as Jesmuel Valentin #9 signals to stand at Dodger Stadium on May 31, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – MAY 13: Carlos Santana #41 of the Philadelphia Phillies hits a home run against the New York Mets in the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on May 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 4-2. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Carlos Santana’s April behind him

April was just an awful month for Carlos Santana. He hit just .153 as he had just 15 hits in 28 games. It was obviously concerning to see Santana doing so poorly considering the contract he signed during the offseason. However, he and the team were not concerned about his performance.

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Santana completely turned things around in May. He had a .281/.373/.594 line with seven home runs and 22 runs batted in. He walked 14 times and struck out just 12 times, showing his patience at the plate. It was exactly the kind of month he needed to get things back on track.

Santana’s overall line for the season of .216/.332/.433 is still somewhat poor, but his numbers are slowly creeping up towards normal for his career.

Santana has been worth more than $20 million in five of his seven full major-league seasons, so if he just keeps performing like he has in the past, the Phillies will get their money’s worth.

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