Posted by Andy on August 23, 2010
Back at the end of April, we were marveling at the great starts posted by Robinson Cano and Kelly Johnson. Let's take another peak at how these two doing are doing with a little over a month left in the season.
Johnson's 2010 splits tell his story:
After an incredible April, he went stone cold in May and June. He recovered with a very strong July and has had a good August. His overall numbers still show him posting the best season of his career, but by a fairly small margin. His OPS+ is currently 122, beating his career best of 116 in 2007. He's unlikely to top his 2007 WAR of 4.3, though, with just 2.9 so far this year.
Cano, meanwhile, has also suffered a decline:
His batting average has dropped each month. However, his OPS has remained fairly constant (and good) since May--just well below his incredible March.
The numbers above don't include Cano's performance on Sunday: 2-for-5 with a homer and 6 RBI. (I did some quick math and I think his August OBP stands at about .860 as of Monday morning.)
Cano is undoubtedly posting his best season, with his 157 OPS+ blowing away his previous career high of 129 from last year, and his 2010 WAR of 6.1 already ahead of his high of 5.6 in 2007.
Incidentally, Cano is just the 9th second baseman since 2007 to post a 6-RBI game:
|1||Alberto Callaspo||2010-04-18||KCR||MIN||W 10-5||5||5||2||3||0||2||6||0||1||0.296||6||2B|
|2||Brandon Phillips||2009-05-05||CIN||FLA||W 7-0||5||5||1||3||0||1||6||0||1||0.155||4||2B|
|3||Chase Utley||2008-05-26||PHI||COL||W 20-5||6||6||2||3||0||1||6||0||0||0.224||3||2B|
|4||Augie Ojeda||2008-05-03||ARI||NYM||W 10-4||5||4||0||3||2||0||6||0||0||0.207||7||2B|
|5||Felipe Lopez||2008-04-24||WSN||NYM||W 10-5||5||4||1||2||0||1||6||1||0||0.486||1||2B|
|6||Brandon Phillips||2007-07-13||CIN||NYM||W 8-4||5||5||2||3||1||1||6||0||1||0.226||4||2B|
|7||Felipe Lopez||2007-05-22||WSN||CIN||W 8-4||5||5||2||3||2||1||6||0||0||0.466||1||2B|
|8||Dan Uggla||2007-04-22||FLA||WSN||W 12-6||5||5||3||3||0||2||6||0||0||0.019||2||2B|
Phillps and Lopez have each done it twice over that span.