CLEVELAND — When Ben Revere’s line drive was caught at the fence in the 10th inning on Tuesday night, costing the Angels a chance to take the lead, Revere slammed his helmet into the dirt.
It was an understandable reaction, not just because of the game situation, but because of Revere’s season.
“Of all the guys in our lineup, he’s probably hit into more hard outs than anybody,” Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday.
Sure enough, this season Revere had a line drive percentage of 22.4 after Tuesday’s game, which is the highest on the team among players who have had more than 150 plate appearances. It was a slightly better percentage than even Mike Trout’s 22.1.
Revere had hit .522 on those line drives, which is well below the major league average of .635. Last season, Revere hit .425 on his line drives, compared with a major league average of .659.
“It’s tough,” Revere said. “It’s just part of the game. If you keep hitting the ball hard, keep drilling it, they’ll give you a chance. One of these times, things will go my way.”
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They have gone his way more frequently lately. Revere came into Wednesday’s game hitting .291 over his previous 18 games. He said it’s a matter of getting more regular playing time, a side affect of the injuries to Trout and Cameron Maybin.
“I’ve watched a lot of game film and gotten my rhythm,” Revere said. “I’ve consistently been hitting the ball a lot harder. I’m definitely feeling more comfortable now. Most at-bats, I’m feeling good.”
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