Yankees SS Didi Gregorius was on top of the world in April. He was named the AL Player of the Month after hitting .327 while leading the league in extra base hits (19) and RBI (30).
But the "April showers bring May flowers" phrase is reversed in Gregorius' case. Through his first 12 games in May, Gregorius has plummeted back down to Earth and then some, as his slump continues to haunt him.
Gregorius is stuck in the depths of a 1-for-41 slump, with his longest hitless streak at 30 at-bats. Overall, he has notched six hits over 51 at-bats in May.
As the 29-year-old continues to figure out what is plaguing him at the plate, he admitted he doesn't believe pitchers have changed their approach to him on the mound based off his numbers in April. Instead, he simply can't get on base.
"I'm just not getting hits," Gregorius told The Post's Greg Joyce.
Luckily for Gregorius, the Yankees haven't missed his bat as they continue their torrid pace with the best record in the MLB at 28-12. But the veteran shortstop hates that he hasn't been contributing to his team's success.
"I'm not happy with the at-bats because I'm not helping the team, to be honest," he said. "There's always ups, there's always downs. The downs, you don't want it to beat you."
This isn't the first time Gregorius has tried to work his way out of a slump. In his first season with the Diamondbacks in 2013, Gregorius had a two-month skid where he couldn't figure things out at the plate. He also admitted that slump was worse because it was his first year with Arizona, and he wanted to make that good first impression.
This time around, though, he thinks that experience -- and more experience in the league in general -- has him prepared mentally to continue the battle.
"I know this game is a game of failure," Gregorius said. "That's when you learn from it. When you accept that, that you're not going to get a base hit every time, I think it's more manageable than trying to explode for some reason and go up there next at-bat doing the same thing."
For manager Aaron Boone, who said that moving Gregorius back in the lineup to fifth on Tuesday wasn't due to his bad numbers, believes his shortstop is going about the slump the right way mentally. And he has seen him hit the ball hard recently, which means it is only a matter of time before this conversation is over.
"Just from a makeup standpoint, he's great," Boone said. "He loves to play, he's tough, he's prepared. I think he deals with all that baseball throws at you -- and baseball's going to throw bumps in the road at you, even when you're in the middle of being a great player."
Thanks to his red-hot bat in April, Gregorius is hitting .255/.343/.537 this season despite his struggles. Continued patience and good at-bats will hopefully get his average back to the way he wants it.