It took Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez a while to get going at the plate this season. However, it was as if he was shot out of a cannon on April 14, the same day Milwaukee began their epic nine-game win streak, and has not looked back since.
Gomez is currently riding a career-high 12-game hit streak. The 27-year-old is easily the hottest hitter on the team, and that is saying something when Jean Segura suits up every day.
The right-handed batter has posted a .466 batting average, four home runs, seven RBI, four doubles, one triple, six stolen bases and 11 runs in 45 at-bats during the hitting streak. It is safe to say no one in Major League Baseball has been that hot since April 23.
What is even more impressive is that Gomez has recorded a hit in 18 of the 20 games that have been played since Milwaukee’s nine-game win streak started in the series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals. Over that span, he has posted a .478 batting average with six home runs and 10 RBI in 69 at-bats. That means in almost 70 plate appearances, Gomez is basically recording a hit every other time he steps in the batter’s box.
The Dominican Republic native was named the National League Player of the Week from April 15-21, which was the beginning of when he decided to turn a switch on at the plate. Gomez batted .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs, three RBI, one triple, one stolen base and five runs in six games that week.
It is encouraging to see Gomez put forth a solid effort every single time he steps up to the plate and takes his position in center field. The fact that he is making good on the three-year, $24 million contract extension he signed in the offseason means a lot to the fans in Milwaukee.