Like, the literal stroke or swing he had before. He told Bill Shaikin yesterday about the adjustments he’s had to make since hurting his shoulder at the end of 2010 and how his efforts to go back to that old uppercut swing have not paid off for him:
“Last year, I tried to go back to the swing I had before I got hurt,” he said. “I tried it for the whole first half, with horrible results” … He said he is most effective now with a flatter swing that generates more line drives, rather than an upward swing that produces more power.
We’ll call it a reverse Palmiero, I suppose. And for what it’s worth, if he can keep his average up over .300 and hit doubles at the clip he’s hit them at these past couple of years, it’s totally doable. Even if it’s not what Boston and L.A. thought they were getting when they acquired him.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.