The big criticism of Vlad Guerrero was his second half in 2010. (Unless you’re an Orioles blogger and then you seem to find a way to complain about everything Vlad related…I’ll never figure that out.) As I mentioned in an article detailing the Orioles player’s excitement about adding Vlad Guerrero, Mike Ferrin of MLBNetwork Radio pointed out in a tweet that Vlad’s second half may not have been as bad as people thought.
Between July 1st and July 24th, Guerrero really struggled at the plate, hitting .197, with a .274 OBP and just two homers and eight RBI. Vlad got a few hits in the end up July, where he went on a seven game hit streak into August, but he only hit .250 during that stretch. So yes, July was bad.
August was a little better. In 27 games Guerrero hit .269, with four homer runs and 15 RBI. But in September he returned to form. Guerrero played 27 games and hit .311, with seven doubles, four homer runs and 16 RBI with a .351 OBP and .491 slugging percentage. The most important part of those stats is that Guerrero did all of it without the help of the injured Josh Hamilton, who played just two games in September.
Just like the Orioles, Vlad Guerrero finished 2010 strong. His second half numbers were hindered by a disappointing July and a slow August. However, he still finished the season above .300 for the 14th time in his career.