ARLINGTON, Tex. – After playing for five straight games, Matt Wieters has the night off. Wieters has alternated between catching and the DH spot.
Wieters is batting .266 with five home runs and 17 RBIs. The batting average is actually ahead of his lifetime .257 average.
Because Wieters is returning from Tommy John surgery, manager Buck Showalter is grading him differently than he normally would.
“Oh, sure. Sure. One, because he’s catching every other day. It’s hard to get in a whole lot of rhythm there. Like I said, many times, Jonathan [Schoop], him, Steve Pearce, none of them even have 200 at-bats, and we’re almost into September. I’ve tried to give Matt some DH days, too. He’s getting closer, closer. We’ll see how he feels when he gets into September. I keep that in mind,” Showalter said.
Wieters is a switch-hitter, and he’s batting .309 right-handed and .248 left-handed. In his career, he’s hitting .282 right-handed and .248 left-handed.
“You know what’s funny with Matt. When I first got here, everybody was talking about, he’s a lot better left-handed hitter. In watching him, I thought he was pretty even both sides. One year, they switch around this way, and the next year, they switch around this way,” Showalter said.
In his career, Wieters averaged just over twice as many strikeouts as walks. This year, he’s struck out six times as often. (54 strikeouts to nine walks).
“I just don’t think there’s enough sampling this year to really say anything concretely, but I know Matt, because he knows his chances to contribute aren’t as many as everyday catching and everyday what right now, he probably tries to do too much sometimes,” Showalter said.
NOTE: RHP Cody Wheeler has been named to the Carolina League All-Star team.