May 3, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) runs to second base against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers has surprised many fans this season with his batting average, as he’s played in 38 games this season.
It is a surprise Flowers is holding onto the above .300 mark due to the fact in 2013 he batted .195 in 84 games played in last season.
This year, after 38 games he’s played in, Flowers (in 121 at-bats) has 37 hits (four doubles, two home runs) with an on-base percentage of .368 and a slugging percentage of .388.
His past 10 games, though, haven’t been what we’ve seen for most of this season. Since May 6, Flowers is 7-for-30 with four runs and five RBIs. For the season, he has 14 RBIs and 11 walks.
Also in the past 10 games, he is batting .233 with 24 strikeouts and one home run (May 9 agains the Arizona Diamondbacks).
With the current stats from the past 10 days resembling his usual work at the plate, we all have to wonder: how much longer will Flowers be able to stay at or above the .300 batting average?
I think he’ll be below the .300 mark before the series’ end with the Kansas City Royals, but maybe this is just a slump, and maybe we’ll see more of what we watched him do in April.
The production we saw in April would be nice, because the White Sox are struggling big time with two consecutive losses to the Houston Astros, along with losing two-of-three to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics in previous series.
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Maybe Flowers will be able to regain that string of luck with his swing against the Royals, because if he doesn’t, none of us want to see more of what we watched last year. It was fun seeing Flowers play above expectations in April … now hopefully for the rest of May, he at least finds a productive balance between what he did last month and what he’s not done much of thus far this month.
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