ST. PETERSBURG -- There's something about the Indians that has Luke Scott hitting well.
The designated hitter is batting .320 against the Tribe this season heading into Wednesday's matchup, when he hit sixth in the lineup.
"Maybe for them, it's just unfortunate," Rays manager Joe Maddon said about Scott's success against Cleveland. "Overall the at-bats have gotten better, the contact has definitely gotten harder, you're seeing some balls go to the opposite field, which I think is important."
Despite a team-best 43 RBIs on the season, Scott has struggled from the plate at times, and is batting just .206 on the season.
His batting inefficiency peaked on July 6, when he compiled an 0-for-41 streak, which was finally snapped against the Indians with a home run. Since then he's picked up seven more hits, including a homer, a triple and a pair of doubles against the Indians.
Against teams other than Cleveland though, Scott is hitless in his last 41 at-bats. Maddon said he doesn't think that streak will last for very much longer based on the at-bats he's had recently.
"I really anticipate he's gonna continue this trend the rest of the half, regardless of who we're playing," Maddon said.