For the Cincinnati Reds, it’s nice to have Chris Heisey back in the lineup.
Heisey hit a home run in Cincinnati’s 5-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night. The homer got the Reds off to a 1-0 lead against the Pirates, the team that the Reds are chasing for the NL Central division title.
Heisey has only five home runs this season, but three have come since June 25, when he returned from the disabled list. It makes one wonder how many he might have if had stayed healthy.
For that reason, Heisey has only appeared in 36 games this season and his batting average is .229, which is well below what it should be. He has five homers and 12 RBIs. Coming into the season, Heisey had a .255 career batting average in Major League Baseball.
Heisey came out of the Minors with a .293 batting average, so he’s capable of hitting for a higher average. But the disruption this year definitely did not help. He wants to establish himself as a steady Major League player and bat a more consistent average.
If the Reds are to make the playoffs this season, they’ll have to hit more consistently than they have been in their previous games. Consistent hitting has not been a strong suit for the Reds. If they don’t hit better in the second half of the season, then they won’t be making an appearance in the postseason.
Heisey obviously is not hitting what he’s capable of, and he needs to find the groove again and boost his average to the level where the Reds, fighting for the playoffs, will greatly appreciate.