It was pretty evident at the All-Star Break who the Yankees MVP of the season was: Robinson Cano was hitting .336/.389/.556 with 16 homers and 58 RBIs. It wasn’t even a debate.
But less than a month after the break, Nick Swisher is legitimately challenging Cano for team MVP. Swisher had a solid first half — .298/.377/.524 with 15 HRs and 49 RBIs — but he’s off to a torrid pace in the second half: .313/.352/.701 with seven HRs and 17 RBIs.
Here’s a quick comparison of both of their overall seasons:
By the numbers, Cano still holds a clear — but slim — lead over Cano in most of the common statistical categories, including all three percentages.
I bet you didn’t realize how great a season Swish has been having.