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San Francisco Giants: Handing out team awards for May

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 19: Stephen Vogt #21 and Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after closing out the tenth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 19, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The San Francisco Giants won 3-2. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MAY 19: Stephen Vogt #21 and Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants celebrate after closing out the tenth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on May 19, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. The San Francisco Giants won 3-2. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – MAY 01: Will Smith #13 of the San Francisco Giants pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the top of the ninth inning of a Major League Baseball game at Oracle Park on May 1, 2019 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won the game 2-1. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

San Francisco Giants—May Cy Young

The one shining light in the Giants rotation has been Madison Bumgarner, who has performed with consistency and improved as the month has gone on.

Only four pitchers—Zack Greinke, Mike Soroka, Max Scherzer and Kyle Hendricks—tallied more than quality starts in May than the four recorded by Bumgarner.

In his 36.1 innings in May, he fanned 39 whilst only allowing nine walks en route to a 3.72 ERA. Widely expected to be moved ahead of the July trade deadline, he is doing his trade value no harm with his solid performance.

From the relief corps, Sam Dyson has excelled this month. In 11 innings of work in May, he racked up 13 strikeouts whilst allowing just two earned runs.

However, the real standout performer has been closer Will Smith.

The subject of increasing trade speculation, Smith has been lights out closing out games all season, and he looked particularly solid in May.

Smith has struck out 18 of the 37 batters he faced this month while walking none. He also converted all six of his save opportunities.

Like Bumgarner, Smith’s ongoing impressive performance is increasing the likely return the Giants can expect when trading them away later in the season.

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