Reynolds prepared to turn on the power

Reynolds prepared to turn on the power

Reynolds prepared to turn on the power
BALTIMORE -- The Orioles lineup is scuffling, and with trade rumors swirling that the team is looking to add a corner infield bat, first baseman Mark Reynolds said Wednesday he is optimistic he can regain his power stroke and help jump-start the team's lagging offense.

"Here's the thing, I don't know what's going to happen in the future," said Reynolds, who led the team in home runs (37) and RBIs (86) last season and is in the longest power-outage stretch of his career.

"I don't know if tonight I'm going to get four hits, or what. But obviously I feel like I am going to be able to revert to my old self and be that guy at the plate that this team can count on. And if I can contribute over these next two months of what I know I'm capable [of], I think we'll be in a good spot at the end of the day."

Reynolds entered Wednesday's game against the Rays with eight homers and 31 RBIs through 72 games -- not having gone deep since July 16 -- and is averaging one home run every 29.1 at-bats, his highest percentage in six Major League seasons. By comparison, he averaged a homer every 14.4 at-bats last year.

Reynolds has typically been a streaky hitter -- reeling off 13 homers in a 27-game span last year -- and both the 28-year-old infielder and manager Buck Showalter hold out hope that he can turn things around.

"I'm waiting, too," said Reynolds, who has three homers in his last 27 games. "Trust me, it's been frustrating. In the first half I had some inconsistent playing time with the [oblique] injury and not playing well and I deserved it.

"I'm getting some consistent ABs right now. It's just a matter of me going out there and night in, night out, being able to put them together. It's on me now. Buck is doing all he can by throwing me out there. It's on me to perform and produce for him."