In every series of the first half, Aurilia watched his average drop a few more points next to his measly nine homeruns and thirty-one RBIs, and at the midway point of the season, Aurilia was at a mere .256 batting average. In this past week, he has boosted that up to a .270, going 8-14 and hitting .571 in the Colorado series.
His problems in the first half were all health related. Earlier in the season, Aurilia suffered dry eye problems which gave him blurred vision and forced him out of a game after he looked ridiculous swinging at pitches in the dirt. Not long before the midseason, Aurilia also suffered from abdominal pains which sidelined him for a good five to six days. Aurilia claims that he did not feel like himself and it effected his performance as a player, but he felt much better after the three day rest at home that enabled him to focus mentally on the second half and to forget about the first half.
This is not just a one week trip. Aurilia continued his dominance in the opening game against division rival, Arizona, with two more hits and another pair of RBIs.
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