Hot Rod

The Toronto Blue Jays enter action tonight leading the majors in runs (176), hits (312), extra-base hits (109), total bases (498) and batting average (.295). Those numbers have been compiled by a number of hot hitters – Aaron Hill, Adam Lind and Scott Rolen, to name a few.

But, statistically speaking, no hitter on the Blue Jays has been hotter than Rod Barajas over the last two weeks. In fact, since Apr. 22, Toronto’s catcher is batting .442 (19-for-43) in 11 games. That marks the third-best average in the Major Leagues since that date, trailing only Carlos Beltran (.457) and Mike Napoli (.452), who the Blue Jays will see in Los Angeles tonight.

During that span, in which he has raised his overall average from .233 to .333, Barajas has six runs, six doubles, two home runs and 12 RBIs.

By all accounts, the catcher has been hitting the ball hard all season. At first, though, he was finding a lot of gloves and had little to show for his efforts. In fact, over his first 11 games, Barajas batted just .211 with three RBIs.

But not unlike what he does on the basepaths, he kept chugging along – with the help of manager Cito Gaston, who offered a bit of advice.

“You might think that managers or coaches are down on you because you’re not performing,” Barajas told recently. “But (Cito) came up to me and said, ‘Hey, I know you’re swinging the bat well. Don’t change a thing – just keep doing what you’re doing, and eventually they’re going to fall.’”

And they have.

Note: Both the blog title and stat courtesy of Erik Grosman and the Toronto Blue Jays communications department. They do great work!

One Response to “Hot Rod”

  1. eyebleaf Says:

    Just another reason to love THE CITO.

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