Cole Hamels has held opponents to a .230 batting average, so hits might be tougher to come by for the Twins on Wednesday, but they racked up 17 of them in Tuesday night’s 11-7 victory over the Phillies.
“We're making our hitting coach look pretty nice right now,” right fielder Ben Revere said.
Yes, Joe Vavra took some heat early in the year, but that talk has quieted. Revere has been part of the reason, as he's batting .340 after going 3-for-5 in this game, with two RBI singles.
“I’m just seeing good pitches, just putting bat on ball, putting it in play and finding holes,” Revere said.
Revere is showing why he was a .326 hitter coming through the minors. With his speed, if he puts balls in play, good things will eventually come.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Revere batted just .297 on balls in play last year, when his batting average for the Twins was .267. Entering Tuesday, his BABIP was .347. That might be an unsustainable number for some hitters -- the league average BABIP is closer to .300 -- but Revere could keep this up because of his speed. A big key for him is his strikeout rate. Entering Tuesday, Revere had struck out in just 5.5 percent of his plate appearances. Among MLB hitters with at least 100 plate appearances, only Carlos Lee (4.8 percent) was lower. Across MLB, 19.6 percent of all PA's are ending in K's this year, and Adam Dunn has fanned 36.5 percent of the time.
And when you’re going good, you’re going good. In the seventh inning, Revere hit a pop up just beyond Philadelphia's dugout. It looked like third baseman Mike Fontenot would catch it, until some kid -- wearing a Phillies shirt and hat -- reached above Fontenot’s glove to make the catch himself.
So Revere stayed alive and promptly delivered another run-scoring single.
“I owe that little kid dinner," Revere said.