For Orioles' Nolan Reimold, recent hitting tear is all about making small step forward

April 18, 2012|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

CHICAGO — Orioles left fielder and leadoff hitter Nolan Reimold attributes his recent offensive tear to making one small step forward.

Literally.

Reimold, who entered Wednesday’s game against the White Sox with home runs in each of his last four games, said he’s made a small adjustment at the plate that is helping him see the ball better.

“I have been striding too far, and it was making my head move a little bit and I was pulling off,” Reimold said. “So I’ve been working on having a smaller stride. That’s been helping me stay over the ball and not pull off of it. It keeps your head more still too. You can see the ball longer. When I’m going better, I’m going short. I’m trying to stick with this right now.”

Reimold became the first Orioles hitter to hit homers in four consecutive games since Luke Scott accomplished the feat on May 27-30, 2009. Tuesday’s two-RBI effort also marked the first time in Reimold’s career that he’s had three straight multi-RBI games.

He entered Wednesday’s game 8-for-16 with two doubles, four homers, seven runs and seven RBIs on the team’s road trip so far.

Reimold said having the opportunity to be the team’s everyday left fielder has helped him relax at the plate.

“There’s less pressure,” Reimold said. “You don’t live and die with every at-bat. Makes you more relaxed you could say. I look at it as I’m feeling good right now. We’re winning games. I’m just looking to keep it going. I don’t think I’m coming into my own or anything. I’m feeling good. I know what works for me and I’m glad I’m helping the team win. We’re winning some close games, and over the long haul, that’s a big deal.”

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