Elvis Andrus has been in a funk for most of this month. In the first half of the season he showed veteran like patience however since the all star break he had shown almost no patience. He had been so good in fact that we almost forgot he is just a Rookie. Until Tuesday night.
With Andrus single that brought in the Rangers' first run.It was like waking a sleeping giant. And then just like his name sake Elvis left the building with his first homer in two months! Bringing back the magic that made him along with his defense the perfect candidate for rookie of the year. "The thing that I changed right now was the mental part," Andrus said.
Andrus performance along with Michael Young’s third 3hit game was the perfect backing the Rangers bullpen needed in a 7-3 victory over Detroit.
Andrus saw his average jump to .263 after going 3-for-4 on Tuesday, and the Rangers saw their record jump to a season-best 14 games over .500. Hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo reminded Andrus that pitchers want him to chase secondary pitches off the plate. Andrus said. "I was thinking too much at home plate. I was seeing my video, and it's the same swing. It was just mental."
Oh yeah, and then there is the other part of his offensive game that not many people really talk about, his speed on the bases. When Andrus singled with one out in the fourth. The Tigers had him picked off, but the throw to second by first baseman Miguel Cabrera bounced off his helmet and into the outfield allowing Andrus to reach third. Setting up an RBI for Ian Kinsler.
That steal was his 20th of the season. Andrus is only the 10th player in major league history to have a 20-steal season before his 21st birthday. The last player to do it was his team mate Andruw Jones, in 1997 for the Atlanta Braves.
As fans of baseball, and as lucky fans of the Texas Rangers we get to see a rare site night after night! The true development of a special player. A player that, before his time is done in the Major Leagues, everyone that is a fan of baseball will know his name.
Elvis Andrus of The Texas Rangers