NEW YORK – Jed Lowrie may be hitting himself right off the A’s roster.
Normally when that’s said about a player, it’s derisive, meaning he not hitting a lick. Lowrie is hitting everything in sight, however.
He had four hits Wednesday against the Marlins and then went 3-for-4 against the Yankees Friday night. His sixth-inning ground out ended a streak of seven consecutive at-bats with a hit, but he came back in the eighth inning and singled home the game’s first run as Oakland beat New York 4-1.
In his last seven games Lowrie has 16 hits including two hits in a game twice, three hits in a game twice and four hits in a game once. Five of his last nine hits are doubles. His batting average has gone from a reasonably productive .262 to .310 during the streak.
Teams in contention are going to be looking for players just like Lowrie for their pennant pushes, so the A’s bosses will doubtless be fielding calls at an expedited rate as May turns into June.
Lowrie isn’t thinking about that right now, just like he’s not thinking about hitting streaks. He knows he’s at his best when he separates out each individual at-bat, and that’s what he’s been able to do much of this season now that he’s healthy.
“It’s always fun when you are seeing the ball well and everything comes together,” Lowrie said after another big night. “But the approach hasn’t changed.
“It’s like it always is. It’s about the work.”
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