Joe Mauer’s batting average may not be above .300, but don’t let that fool you. The Minnesota boy is having a stellar season in 2015.
After enduring the worst season of his big league career in 2014, Mauer is quietly having a bounce back season in 2015. It has to be the beard.
May 20, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the thirteenth inning of an inter-league game at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
His bounce back season has been highlighted by his recent surge in which he’s reached base safely in 34 straight games. During this streak the Twins first baseman is hitting .292. Mauer is now two games shy of tying his career long of 36 games.
The power numbers for Mauer may not be eye popping, but you have to take into account that Mauer has only hit double-digit home runs four times in his career and has only hit more than 15 once.
He only has 60 RBIs, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t produced when the chips are down. Mauer is hitting an impressive .357 with runners in scoring position. His .357 average is the second highest among players with 100 or more at bats with runners in scoring position.
It’s been five years since the Twins played meaningful baseball in September, and Mauer is playing his best ball when it counts.
In his last seven games Mauer is hitting .346 with four RBIs and three runs. On the season Mauer is hitting .271 with eight home runs, 60 RBIs and 28 doubles.
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