The 2012 season was looking like a forgettable one for Ben Zobrist. Over the last few seasons he had been one of the most valuable members of the Tampa Bay Rays. As an above average hitter capable of playing multiple positions, Ben Zobrist was a key figure in the Rays offence. Last season he hit 20 home runs and 91 RBI, so much was expected of Zobrist this season.
For the first two months Ben Zobrist had really struggled. His batting average was in the low 200s and he wasn’t able to hit for power. The Rays needed him to step up with Evan Longoria on the disabled list, and he wasn’t able to do that.
However, things might be starting to turn around for Ben Zobrist. Since June 7th he’s hit 545 with 3 homers and 8 RBI. He’s starting to see the ball much better, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Rays trail the division leading New York Yankees by 2.5 games, so they need everybody to step up if they want to stay close in the playoff race.
The Rays offence ranks 8th in the AL in runs scored, so they need some of their bats to step up with Luke Scott and Evan Longoria on the disabled list. The return to form of Ben Zobrist is a welcome sight for the Rays, as they’re desperately in need of some offence. With Evan Longoria set to start his rehab assignment soon the Rays could be set to take off in the second half. But they’ll need Zobrist to continue his hot hitting in order to have any chance at making the playoffs.