HOT STICKS: Kyle Lewis Is Batting .548 In His Last Three Games

HOT STICKS: Kyle Lewis Is Batting .548 In His Last Three Games

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

The Return Of Kyle Lewis Has The Mariners Thinking Audaciously

The Return Of Kyle Lewis Has The Mariners Thinking Audaciously


 

The Mariners have kept the ship afloat without him, but with Kyle Lewis back from a deep knee bruise that kept him off the field for the first 17 games of the season, they look to take the American League West crown and run with it.

 

 

The city of Seattle is one of the best baseball towns in America.  Its fans are no different than the 12’s who spend falls at Seahawks games or the ones who inhabited the SuperSonics arena years ago.  

They are being treated to an excellent brand of baseball on the field. Great pitching, great hitting and all across the diamond, spectacular plays are made on a daily basis.  And it’s being done by some of the best young talent in baseball. 

On Tuesday, the best apple out of that bunch made his 2021 debut. Lewis saw his name in the lineup for the first time in 2021, as he went 0-3 with a walk, in a 1-0 loss to the Dodgers.

The 25-year-old Black Knight hopes to pick up where he left off in 2020 when he became the second rookie in Major League history to lead a team in batting, home runs, run scored, and walks, joining Mark McGwire who did it in 1987 with the Oakland Athletics.  He also was tied for the rookie lead in home runs while leading in walks and runs during the 60-game season. 

 

 

Lewis is no stranger to hardware as he’s filled his trophy case in the last half-decade, en route to becoming a premier center fielder in the game. He won Baseball America’s 2016 College Player of the Year as well as the 2016 Golden Spikes Award to go along with the Southern Conference Player of the Year before being drafted by Seattle in 2016.

He hit the ground running once he arrived in the league.  In his debut on September 10th of 2019, Lewis cranked a home run off 2020 Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer.  He also homered in the next two games,  joining Trevor Story as the only players to hit home runs in the first three games of their career.

 

 

While Lewis was on the Injured list,  the Mariners called up outfielder Taylor Trammell a bit earlier than expected. The rookie is adjusting to MLB pitching and will get to roam the grass at T Mobile Park, alongside Lewis for years to come.  

On Monday night he had his first career game-winning, extra-base hit in a 4-3 victory over the World Series champion Dodgers.

The Mariners’ 11 wins have them currently tied with the Red Sox for first place in the American League.  They are one of the early surprises as they sit in first place in the AL West without the services of their best player. 

As Lewis gets reacclimated to the game, a strong sophomore season can provide the final push the Mariners need to go from pretenders to contenders.