Robinson Cano has been severely scorching American League pitching since the calendar flipped to July. The Mariners second baseman has been steady all season long, but his current torrid stretch is jaw dropping. Since July 1, Cano is hitting .374 and reaching base at a .459 clip, which are both league bests. He has hit three home runs and 10 doubles while driving in 16.
Top A.L. batting averages since July 1:
1. Robinson Cano, SEA: .374
2. Eric Hosmer, KC: .366
3. Melky Cabrera, TOR: .358
4. Adam Eaton, CHW: .358
5. Jose Abreu, CHW: .355
6. Dustin Ackley, SEA: .348
Cano’s recent surge has pushed his season batting average to .335, which is tops in the league. His .400 on-base percentage this season is second in the league. If Cano continues his current season pace, he will finish with an impressive slash of .335/.400/.473 with 200 hits, 38 doubles, 13 home runs, 91 RBIs and 11 steals. He is having a season that places him with the offensive elite in the American League.
In historical terms, there have only been three other Mariners who have managed seasons with a batting average over .330 and a plus-.400 on-base percentage.
• Ichiro, 2004: .372/.414
• Edgar Martinez, 1999: .337/.447
• Edgar Martinez, 1997: .330/.456
• Edgar Martinez, 1995: .356/.479
• Edgar Martinez, 1992: .343/.404
• Alex Rodriguez, 1996: .358/.414
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera is the only player who has accomplished the feat last season. No player reached it in 2012.