2011 Season Stats going into Monday: .262 AVG, 9 HR, 40 RBI, .350 OBP, .457 SLG
Last five games: .118 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI
Last ten games: .139 AVG, 1 HR, 2 RBI
Monday's game: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
The most recent stretch of games leading into Monday's series opener against the Wilmington Blue Rocks has not been pretty for the Orioles top prospect. Missed opportunities and pop ups have him cooling at the plate, but Monday's game could be the sign of things to come for Machado.
Machado crushed a 2-0 fast ball over the wall in left-field for his tenth of the season in the first inning. The home run could be a sign of things to come as he is starting to have better at-bats. The other three at-bats were groundouts but he is hitting the ball harder and that is encouraging.
The 19-year-old sparked his Keys debut with a home run to left field that sailed over the wall but struggled for a time trying to do too much. Machado is hitting .248 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 43 games with Frederick.
Game Quotes from Manny Machado
On his home-run at bat
"I just decided to go up there and swing it. He threw me two balls at the beginning. I was looking in and he just left the ball up."
On his recent struggles at the plate
"It is just going back and forth. The last couple games I have been hitting the ball hard. I think my swing is there today I was able to just get one and hit it over the fence but sometimes its just going to be hit right at people."
On making any different adjustments
"I feel I'm still hitting the ball well, there is nothing you can really change about it because if you change it you are just going to do worse. I just am going up there with the same approach and sooner or later its going to happen."
On feeling most comfortable ahead in the count
"I just feel more comfortable when I am either 2-0, 2-1. I just try and stay focused throughout every at bat. I feel more comfortable in pressure situations."