Reynolds coming on strong in stretch run

Reynolds coming on strong in stretch run

Reynolds coming on strong in stretch run
TORONTO -- Slugger Mark Reynolds has been on a surge over the past month and has put a slow start to the season behind him.

Since July 30, a span of 31 games, Reynolds is batting .301 with a .419 on-base percentage, .641 slugging percentage and has a 1.060 OPS. He has also hit nine homers and driven in 22 runs.

"Mark is not going to get too up or too down. There is a lot of inner-fire there," manager Buck Showalter said. "I think he knows ... the offense doesn't rest on his shoulders.

"There are going to be some periods where he is going to be very productive. You ride that and we hope it lasts all September. [But] that's hard to do for anybody."

Showalter said batting coach Jim Presley talks with Reynolds every day and the two have put in a lot of work together. One thing Presley has continued to tell Reynolds is to just be himself.

"Jimmy does countless things," Showalter said. "I see him everyday, he doesn't go around tooting his own horn, he's always giving credit to the players, where it should be."

"They tinker but you don't want to take too much away from what a guy has done ... to get to the big leagues."

Showalter said Reynolds has always had a good contact-to-damage ratio, so he isn't surprised by Reynolds' hot bat. Reynolds was batting just .203 with eight homers, 31 RBIs and a .681 OPS over 77 games prior to his uptick in production.

The skipper is a big believer in Presley's approach with Reynolds and the rest of Baltimore's hitters.

"It's just trying to work with each guy's skills. You can't make them all robots," Showalter said.