Rolen hopes slump is in past
Jays third baseman has two homers, six RBIs in three games
TORONTO -- After enduring a rough two-week spell with the bat, Scott Rolen says he has recently started to develop a much better "feel" at the plate. Whatever it is that Rolen may be feeling, it has obviously translated into success for the Blue Jays third baseman.
Over his past three games, Rolen hit .444 (4-for-9) with two home runs, three walks and six RBIs. Included in those numbers is the big offensive night Rolen enjoyed on Tuesday, when he homered and drove in four runs as Toronto trounced Cincinnati, 14-1.
However, Rolen refused to look at his performance on Tuesday as any kind of breakout game.
"No, because [hitting] is a feel," Rolen said prior to the Jays' tilt against the Reds on Wednesday. "I try not to look at the results. But I'll take it and I'm glad it happened, without a doubt."
Rolen believes that his recent success may be a result of his final at-bat of Toronto's game in Pittsburgh last Friday. Even though he grounded out to the shortstop during the at-bat, Rolen was able to figure something out at the plate.
"About [five] days ago, in my last at-bat for whatever reason, I got a real good feel at the plate and I've been able to maintain that," he said. "I feel like I've swung the bat well [since then].
"Hopefully it's something I can stay consistent with and take strong swings when I get up there."
It is a good thing for Rolen and the Jays that the hitter has begun to feel comfortable at the plate. Prior to and including the game on Friday, which Rolen highlighted, the 13-year veteran had been scuffling at the plate.
Over his 11 games dating back from Friday's affair to June 7, Rolen had collected just four hits in 40 at-bats for a .100 average. As well, during that span, he saw his average drop from .310 to .268.
Rolen is not exactly sure where he made the improvement that has translated into recent success, but is pleased with his results of late.
"I can't do any extra work than I did the first two or three months," he said. "Hitting is a feel and a rhythm, and for whatever reason, I made an adjustment and got a nice feel going."
David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.