Although it sounds like a car commercial, Mark Reynolds is having himself a September to remember. Just ask the New York Yankees.
Currently Reynolds is hitting .232 with 21 home runs and 59 runs batted in, but so far, after playing only nine games in September, he already has more home runs and runs batted in than any other month this year. This month Reynolds has seven home runs and 14 RBI’s to go along with his .323 average. Not only that, he has an on-base percentage of .432, and his OPS is off the charts at 1.432. I’ll put it to you this way. Of the ten hits he has this month, seven have cleared the fences.
The Yankees found out the hard way after a four-game series at Camden Yards just how hot Reynolds is. Reynolds went 3 for 12 with three walks. Those three hits he had? Home runs. For the season, Reynolds finished his year hitting .294 against the Bronx Bombers with seven home runs and 14 runs batted in. He also walked ten times and hurt the Yankees with his .410 on-base percentage.
The good news is that Baltimore will face the Boston Red Sox six more times, another team Reynolds loves to face. In his nine games against the Sox, Reynolds is hitting a robust .433 with five home runs and 14 runs batted in. His on-base percentage? .550. Not only has he been tearing it up at the plate, but he has been playing a nice first base since officially moving over once Manny Machado was called up.
With Nick Markakis now out for six weeks with his broken thumb, Reynolds and company will need to step it up even more. If he can continue this torrid pace for the rest of the year, I think he will do just that.
by Andy Mindzak