Monday, July 18, 2011
Mitch Moreland searching for stride
By Richard Durrett
SEATTLE -- Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland came into Sunday's game in an 0-for-14 slump.
Since June 22, Moreland had hit .182 with just two RBIs. But he got three RBIs with one powerful swing of his bat on Sunday, belting the ball to deep right field and providing all the Rangers offense in their 3-1 win over the Mariners.
Moreland was dropped to the ninth spot as manager Ron Washington wanted to get him to relax and take it easy. The change worked when he got ahold of a Blake Beavan changeup.
"I've been working on some stuff and it was a sign of progress, I guess you'd say," Moreland said. "I'm still not where I want to be. The consistency's not there, but I was happy I was able to do it and put us in the lead."
Moreland said he's been working on getting himself in a stronger hitting position.
"My hands have been dropping a little bit and I'm trying to sync everything up," Moreland said.
ESPN Stats & Information measured the homer at 429 feet, moving him into sole possession of third place for most homers at that distance or more in the majors. Moreland has nine of them, just behind Matt Kemp (11) and Mike Stanton (10). Nelson Cruz, BTW, has eight.