LeMahieu seeing uptick in extra-base hits

LeMahieu seeing uptick in extra-base hits

DENVER -- Second baseman DJ LeMahieu has been one of the Rockies' most consistent hitters this season with his batting average never dipping below .288.

LeMahieu' power, however, has disappeared at times, but he is having a recent resurgence.

After recording five extra-base hits in his first six games, LeMahieu cooled off to hit only seven extra base hits -- and no home runs -- in his next 38 games. Now, LeMahieu has five extra-base hits in his last three games, including a near cycle in a 17-4 win over the Reds on Tuesday.

"I always felt like the extra-base hits would come with DJ," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's maturing as a hitter over the last year and a half. You're seeing him start to slug a little bit, not that that's ever going to be a vital part of his game, but I feel like it's in there, and he's showing that. The ball he hit to center field, that ball's crushed last night."

LeMahieu's four-hit game

LeMahieu, who hit an RBI double in Wednesday's game, said he has been seeing the ball well lately, which has allowed him to show off his raw power. Weiss has praised his "surprising power," but hitting coach Blake Doyle doesn't expect home run power to play into his game much going forward.

"He's started just a little bit earlier, that's all," Doyle said. "He had mentioned it two weeks ago. The only thing I've been doing is watching, making sure he's getting where he wants to. The last thing I want is power from him. That's not who he is. He'll get maybe 10 [home runs], but that's not who he is."

Worth noting

• Left-handed reliever Boone Logan threw off the mound Tuesday with the catcher standing in front of home plate. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list May 25 with left shoulder inflammation and is expected to throw his first bullpen session tomorrow.

"We're talking about him going out there pretty soon," Weiss said. "Possibly joining us around the [Dodgers] series [beginning Monday]. Right around there we'll see. Not sure if he needs one or two rehab outings. We'll play that one by ear."

• The Rockies have historically struggled in June under Weiss, sporting a .388 winning percentage compared to a .440 winning percentage in all other months. However, he is confident in his team after staying afloat, going 9-10 in a stretch against playoff contenders in the Giants, Mets, Cardinals, Pirates and Red Sox that included 13 road games.

"I do think this team is a little different, I do," Weiss said. "I feel like the stretch that we just went through is as tough a test as we'll see schedule-wise. June we're not. I think this last month, the fact that we're still standing makes me feel good about June where we're at in the season. We've been through the fire the past month."

Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.