DETROIT -- Just as Jhonny Peralta is notorious for slow starts in April, his career splits in May show a big turnaround in May. His month so far, though, is less like a turnaround than a tear.
After Peralta's surprisingly strong April, batting .292 (28-for-96) with two homers and 12 RBIs, he entered Saturday batting 12-for-28 in May. Add in three walks, and he has reached base safely in nearly half of his plate appearances so far this month. He's 14-for-36 during a nine-game hitting streak that dates back to April 29.
The irony of it is that he admittedly hates cold weather and doesn't usually play well in it. He hit through the April freeze, but the warmup with his bat has been much more sudden than the warming of the weather.
"I think my body's kind of used to it now," Peralta said. "I don't know how to explain it, but it's been good."
Manager Jim Leyland said Peralta has been more of an overall hitter this year, rather than pulling everything.
"I think he's using the whole field a little bit better than he did last year," Leyland said. "He's not as pull-happy, although he is a pull hitter. He's getting some hits to right field."
That said, he pulled two doubles to left on Friday night against Indians starter Corey Kluber.
"I think I've been handling the inside pitch better than in other years," Peralta said.