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Comparing Giants’ Buster Posey’s midseason surge to his MVP year

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Buster Posey’s scorching July, in which he batted .400 to follow up a June in which he had 27 RBIs, was reminiscent of how the Giants catcher came out of the All-Star break in his MVP season in 2012. Of course, Posey hit .385 and drove in 60 runs in the second half that year, and that is difficult to duplicate. But here’s how Posey, who appeared in his 100th game this season Thursday, compares statistically at the same point in 2012:

2012

2015

362

At-bats

369

48

Runs

56

119

Hits

122

23

Doubles

17

0

Triples

0

18

Home runs

16

73

RBIs

75

44

Walks

39

65

Strikeouts

33

6

Sacrifice flies

6

.329

Batting avg.

.331

.399

On-base pct.

.390

.541

Slugging pct.

.507

.940

OPS

.897

Source: baseball-reference.com

THE COMPETITION

In 2012, Posey beat out Ryan Braun (.319/.391/.595, 41 homers, 112 RBIs) and Andrew McCutchen (.327/.400/.553, 31 homers, 96 RBIs) in the MVP voting. In 2015, Posey likely must overcome the breakout of Bryce Harper (.334/.461/.666, 29 homers, 68 RBIs through Thursday) and an all-around season from Paul Goldschmidt (.339/.453/.580, 22 homers, 78 RBIs).

QUOTABLE

The Giants’ Matt Duffy recently on hitting ahead of Posey: “I feel like all you’ve got to do is get on base and somehow you’re going to score. Our mentality is just (to) get on base for him.”

Matt Kawahara

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