It was only a mere two weeks ago that Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was batting .267 with no home runs or RBI in 30 at-bats. However, Mauer must have received the memo that he was not doing well at the plate because the slugger has been scorching hot since then.
The 30-year-old has posted a whopping .439 batting average with two home runs, eight RBI, four doubles, seven walks and seven runs in 41 at-bats since his rough start. Those numbers include going 4-for-5 at the plate in two consecutive games against the Los Angeles Angels last week.
“I’ve seen him hit his whole career,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the second win against the Angels, according to ESPN.com. “We’ve seen him do this. I keep saying it’s incredible, and it is. At this level, to keep swinging and get those hits and rack them up like that, it is incredible. That will never change. He’s just an amazing hitter.”
Minnesota began to feed off of Mauer lately as the Twins had won five straight games prior to Tuesday’s loss to the Miami Marlins. There is no question the team will go as far as Mauer takes them, as they have historically played better when he does well in all facets of his game. The five victories in six games came at a good time after Minnesota lost five in a row.
Mauer is now batting .366 on the season with a .438 on-base percentage. Considering Gardenhire continues to bat Mauer in the second spot in the batting order, it is good that the left-handed batter has found ways to get on base even when he is unable to record hits.