It’s been a mostly-lost season for Joe Mauer, what with injury and ineffectiveness and all of that. But July has been much kinder to the former MVP. Yesterday Mauer went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader against Cleveland, with a double and an RBI. That day raised his average 30 points, from .260 to .290.
For the month of July he’s at .333/.448/.354. Which, yeah, is a funny-looking line, bereft of power. Which is something that could be even more worrisome when one realizes that there’s a distinct possibility that his future is at first base rather than behind the plate.
It’s far too early to say whether Joe Mauer is looking at more of a Wally Joyner future instead of a Johnny Bench future, however, and for now I think the Twins will take the hits as they come and hope that the power soon follows.