Enjoying hot streak, Betemit hits fifth for O's

Enjoying hot streak, Betemit hits fifth for O's

Enjoying hot streak, Betemit hits fifth for O's
BALTIMORE -- After two months of overthinking his at-bats and trying to pull every pitch he saw, Wilson Betemit has changed his approach, and the results are starting to show in his performance.

In his last eight games, dating back to June 18, Betemit is hitting .542 with a pair of home runs. That hot streak, plus a favorable pitching matchup on Friday against right-hander Derek Lowe and the Indians' bullpen, prompted manager Buck Showalter to move Betemit up to fifth in the Orioles' order, the highest Betemit has hit this season.

"Wilson's swinging the bat well, probably as good as anyone we've got," Showalter said.

After an 0-for-5 against Toronto on May 29, Betemit was hitting .214 for the season. Heading into play on June 29, Betemit's average was up to .271.

"When I started the season, I was thinking too much at the plate," Betemit said. "Trying to do to much. Basically I was trying to pull every time. I would swing at everything."

After putting in some extra work in the batting cages before the game, Betemit has adjusted and is now using the entire field.

He also said he has become more selective, looking for "one good pitch to hit."

"He's taking what they're giving him," Showalter said.

"Right now, I just go to home plate more patient," Betemit said. "Every time I go up there I'm just trying to hit the ball right in the middle. ... You have to take it the other way and take it in the middle, and that's what I do right now."