DENVER -- Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. has notched a hit in four of his past five pinch-hit opportunities, including a solo home run on July 8 against the Nationals.
It's no surprise he says he's as dialed in as he has been this season.
"During the baseball season, you get into grooves the more repetitions you get," Young said. "I'm getting used to my role."
Young is usually the first player manager Jim Tracy summons off the bench to hit for the pitcher. Knowing this, Young spends much of his time in the dugout studying the opposing starting pitcher.
"I'm always [staying aware] of my situation, getting ready to hit," Young said. "I know how Tracy likes to manage a game, so I'll pay attention to the starter's pitch count, when he's coming into the lineup."
Once he gets on base, Young has been a terror: He is 10-for-11 in stolen-base attempts, and 37-for-42 over the last two seasons. Recently, he's been getting on quite frequently -- hitting .300 since the beginning of June.