Marcus Semien had a Tuesday that will be etched in baseball history forever as he became the first player since Hall of Famer Joe Morgan in 1973 to have three home runs and seven hits on a calendar day. Simply put, the best second baseman in the Majors is back.
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Last season, Semien hit 45 home runs, breaking the record for most in a single season by a second baseman in Major League history. This year, it took Semien 44 games to hit just one, and it came by way of a grand slam against his hometown team, the Oakland Athletics.
Since that swing, Semien has slowly begun showing signs from his MLBbro Player of the Year campaign MVP campaign of 2021 and Tuesday that culminated with a seven-hit, three-home run day in Cleveland.
Semien’s seven hits in a double header tied a franchise record with former MLBbro Marlon Byrd, who accomplished the feat against Cleveland back in September of 2009 and Fred Valentine.
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“He’s not a big mechanics guy,” manager Chris Woodward told reporters. “It’s more like his feel, and when he feels good you can see it. He can turn around a speeding bullet. There is no pitch that he can’t hit. With Marcus, there is complete trust in those swings I saw today.”
Semien began the doubleheader with a single, stolen base and then came around to score to set the tone for the day. On a 3-0 count in the seventh inning, he hit the first home run of his day, pulling the ball just fair to left field.
“I think double headers are weird,” Semien said. “You can show up and the swing feels good, and you are getting pitches to hit and taking balls. I felt that way in the first game, and I did not change anything between games. I just kept the same mindset and felt good.”
All signs point to Semien being back in form. He capped off the doubleheader going 4-for-4 with two home runs to help lead Texas to a 6-3 win. He finished the day going 7-for-8 with three home runs, three RBI, two stolen bases and a walk.
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He has now homered in five of his last six games and raised his batting average to .221 entering Wednesday, a far cry from his season-low of .154.
Even more important statistic wise, he has scored runs in 10 of his last 12 games, including six multi-run games.
Semien has started slow in past seasons during his career, an example being in 2021 where he batted .211 through April before winning the Silver Slugger and breaking the home run record.
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Now, it is apparent wherever Semien goes this season the rest of the Rangers roster will follow. Since he has shaken off his slow start the team has climbed their way back into the race for the final American League Wild Card spot.
Over his last 15 games, Semien has gone 20-for-63 for a .317 average, 13 RBI, seven steals and six home runs.
It is going to be a full season grind for Semien to get his numbers to where they were last season, but if he can go on a run during the month of June and early July, he could be able to find his way back to the All-Star game for the second season in a row.