Joe Mauer Heats Up
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In 2006 Joe Mauer lit the league up to the tune of a Batting Crown worthy .347 average. There was a lot of pressure from fans and local media for Joe to be more of a power hitter. In part because he’s such a good hitter that we wanted to see more, and in part because typically #3 hitters hit HRs and drive in a ton of Runs.
He “struggled” last year hitting a very un-Joe Mauerlike .293. He struck out almost as many times last year, 51, as he did in 2006, 54, despite playing in 31 fewer games. That continued into the early part of this season. He was again pressing early in the year hitting .238 with 5 strikouts as of April 14th in 12 Games. Since then, though, he’s hitting .407 (24 for 59) with 13 Runs, 7 Doubles and 9 RBI in 16 Games with only 3 Ks. He hasn’t hit a HR all season, but when your catcher is hitting .337 with 20 Runs and 9 Doubles through 31 Games, you can’t really complain all that much.
I think he’s no longer trying to be someone that he’s not. Instead, he’s being what he’s meant to be…one of the league’s best hitters. Let’s hope he stays that way.