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Astros’ George Springer Caps Career-Best Month

George Springer batted .333 with an American League-leading 11 home runs and a 1.145 OPS in 105 at-bats. It was the best month in his four-year career.

June 2017 was the best month of George Springer‘s four-year career. The Astros‘ leadoff man and soon-to-be first-time All-Star batted .333 with an American League-leading 11 home runs and a 1.145 OPS in 105 at-bats.

Yet if he’s to garner his first AL player of the month recognition, Springer has to beat out Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge, who had arguably an even better June. Judge walked in 22.6 percent of his plate appearances for the month yet still managed to bat .324 and slug 10 homers in 102 at-bats.

A .481 on-base percentage in June pushed Judge’s OPS for the month (1.167) ahead that of Springer, who out slugged the would-be first-half AL MVP .733 to .686. According to FanGraphs, Judge accumulated 2.2 WAR in June to Springer’s 1.9.

With 10 homers, 30 walks and 39 strikeouts, Judge joined Mark McGwire (Aug. 1998) as the only players in major league history with at least 10 homers, 30 walks and 30 strikeouts in a calendar month, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Springer’s 11 homers were two shy of the Astros’ record for any single month, set by Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell in June of his 1994 National League MVP campaign.



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