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Patience at the plate paying off for Wieters

Patience at the plate paying off for Wieters

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BALTIMORE -- During his current six-game hit streak, catcher Matt Wieters has shown signs that his success might be caused by more than just a hot bat.

Overall, Wieters is 8-for-19 (.421) with a double, a homer and eight RBIs during the streak. With six home runs and 26 RBIs on the year, it's been his most productive stretch of the season, more so than his season-long eight-game hitting streak in April. He hit .375 (12-for-32) with just four RBIs over that stretch.

More impressively, he has five walks compared to four strikeouts during his current streak, while he never walked but struck out five times during April's run. Prior to his streak, Wieters had gone 17 consecutive games without a walk -- save one intentional pass on June 1 against the Yankees.

"I think before I was being a little bit too aggressive before I actually saw the pitch. Now it's just seeing it and trying to hit it wherever the pitch is," Wieters said. "Instead of making up your mind before you go to the plate what you're going to try to do with it, just seeing it deep and trying to react to it."

In addition to improving his plate discipline, Wieters' success has come from working on shortening his stroke with hitting coach Terry Crowley.

"You've got to try to make your swing as short as possible at this level," he said. "It's something that you've got to put the work in and then just let it happen."

Wieters said he wasn't surprised or frustrated that he got a day off on Tuesday in the midst of his streak, which was expected given the rest schedule he's been on in recent weeks.

"I feel comfortable with the approach I've got going at the plate," he said. "I'm just trying to keep it going as long as I can."

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