Many of us here have been complaining about the offensive productions, or more specifically the lack of offensive production, of Alcides Escobar this season. As of June 3, 2011 his triple slash was .204/.239/.239. These numbers are not awe inspiring by any standard (awe inspiring bad perhaps). Our very own Jeff Zimmerman has posted opposing teams possibly pitching around our almost equally unimpressive number 8 hitters to get to this guy here.
However, in the nine games since June 3, Escobar has been almost a completely different hitter.
Our defensive wizard of a shortstop is currently riding a humble 6 game hitting streak and got multiple hits in each of the games in the series against the Angels and another two hit game against the Jays. In those 9 games he has only gone hitless in one game.
His triple slash over the last nine games is a very un-Alcides like .375/.394/.469 in 32 at bats. He has 3 doubles, 7 runs scored, 1 RBI and 3 stolen bases (0 caught). He's added only one walk, but has only struck out 3 times. Admittedly this is an extremely small sample size, but this is probably his most productive 32 at bat strectch of the entire season. His defense over this time has remained at a level we haven't seen from a Royal shortstop in as long as I can remember.
This mini-hot streak has increased his BA 19 points, his OBP 16 points and his SLG 40 points. Is this a blip on the radar or is this the turning of a corner. For the majority of the season Alcides Escobar has embarassed us with his hitting. All we have asked of him is that he at least get to a point that he's below average as a hitter and stay amazing as a fielder.
Perhaps he has listened as to bring a spot of light to what has been a dark time in our season.