At the start of the 2021 season, the Seattle Mariners were without their star outfielder Kyle Lewis.
With seven hits in his last 13 at-bats, it’s safe to say that he is back to being the Lewis that won the 2020 AL Rookie of the Year and made an immediate impact on the Mariners
The injury to Lewis was something the Mariners did not want to hear at first, but the team knew that he would be back sooner than later.
Lewis suffered a deep bone bruise in his right knee after running into a wall during spring training. Just as he was starting to heat up at the plate, the injury bug struck.
But hey, you control what you can control. And for Lewis, that meant working on getting that knee back to 100% so he could return to his team.
Our MLB bro made his 2021 debut on April 20 against the LA Dodgers and after missing the team’s first 17 games, the webmaster was grateful to be back on the field.
“It’s very special,” Lewis said in an article from The Seattle Times. “I never take it for granted being able to play. And so anytime I’m able to run out there with the uniform on, it’s always special, especially after being out for a little bit. Definitely a lot of energy, a lot of adrenaline going. I was happy with it, and just excited to get out there.”
His first hit of the season came against the Boston Red Sox on April 23. Lewis was making his third appearance on the season and he saw the ball well that game.
His first homer came three days later.
Last years American League Rookie of the year hits his first home run of the season. Kyle Lewis missed time to began the season after having one of the best rookie years in all of baseball. #MLBBro #SeaUsRise https://t.co/8YrPNHoZmn
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) April 27, 2021
Let’s be real here, it’s not easy standing in that batter’s box and trying to hit off a major league pitcher after missing extended time.
You have to get your timing down and make sure you’re seeing the ball well. For Lewis, he’s still making strides to get to where he was last year when he led the Mariners in home runs (11) and OPS (.800).
On Sunday night, in a loss to the Texas Rangers, he collected another two hits and raised his batting average to .258.
Recently, the Mariners have been pleased with Lewis’ performance at the plate.
There was a stretch where he recorded a hit in six straight games and he’s currently on a three-game hitting streak.
FINAL: Mariners score 4 in the 8th to defeat Baltimore, 5-2.
Kyle Lewis drives in the eventual game winner with a 3-run HR in the 8th.
pic by: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren pic.twitter.com/UReuiJtJ9e
— KING 5 Sports (@KING5Sports) May 5, 2021
Through his last seven games, he’s batting .375 with nine hits, one home run, and a .542 slugging percentage. This is the Lewis that Mariners fans have been waiting to see.
His best game since his return came on May 7 against the Texas Rangers. Lewis went 3-for-5 with a double.
That was his first three-hit game of the season, and what did he do the next game? Oh nothing much, just follow that up with consecutive two-hit performances.
It’s not surprising to see that Lewis is quickly finding his groove. He is a high-level hitter and possesses a lot of power at the plate.
As the season progresses, Lewis will continue to make improvements at the plate and he will flex all of his five-tools on a daily basis as he continues to rise the ranks of MLB’s top players.