Fowler brimming with confidence in hot streak

Fowler brimming with confidence in hot streak

Fowler brimming with confidence in hot streak
DENVER -- Dexter Fowler is playing the best baseball of his life. A quick look at his last three box scores says as much.

In two games on May 28 and another May 30, all against the Astros, Fowler has nine hits, two home runs and six RBIs -- the best three-game span of his career.

"I'm just believing in myself a little bit more," Fowler said. "I have some confidence and some experience. All that together makes for a good streak."

Fowler has twice achieved the homer feat: He had two in a Sept. 5, 2011, game and hit a pair in a span from April 8-12 in 2008. He has also reached the nine-hit mark before, doing so Sept. 3-5, 2011. But Fowler has never done all that in three games while driving in so many runners. The second game of Monday's doubleheader was the highlight: Fowler recorded his second career walk-off hit, had a triple and a home run in the same game, which he's only done twice, and also had the second four-hit game of his career.

Most surprising has been the power surge. Through his first four seasons, Fowler had never hit more than six. It's taken him 46 games to hit eight so far.

Fowler credits an offseason of hard work for the uptick, as well as his desire to mimic his center-field contemporaries; Matt Kemp, Adam Jones and Andrew McCutchen were all drafted within a year of Fowler, and none of them has ever had a problem putting the ball in the seats.

"I do want to be like those guys in that regard," Fowler said. "I always had the power in me, I just had to get to know my swing and better utilize my strength."