ST. PETERSBURG -- A minor tweak in Colby Rasmus' approach at the plate
has led to impressive results in the past two days.
Rasmus has moved up in the batter's box, and even though it's only a
difference of approximately eight inches, the initial reports have been
The 25-year-old entered play on Tuesday having recorded three hits and
a pair of doubles in the two games since making the adjustment.
"When he was deeper in the box, it gave him a little bit more time to
read the pitch," manager John Farrell said. "I think some of that added time, maybe
allowed some opportunity for some additional thoughts to get in there.
"[He began] thinking about other things other than just see the ball
and hit the ball and take a more aggressive swing. I think at times he
has tried to work the ball around the field, staying inside some
pitches, hitting some balls into left-center field. His strength is on
the pull side, he showed that last night, and I think that's the swing
that makes him most productive."
The minor change in the batter's box stemmed from a conversation
following Friday's game against the Mets. Rasmus received the night off
and had a lengthy talk with the Blue Jays' coaching staff that lasted
well into the middle of the night.
That prompted Rasmus to go back to a spot in the batter's box that he
used earlier in his career with St. Louis.
"Most importantly, Colby has gone back to a position in the box that
he's familiar with," Farrell said. "I think getting that familiarity
there and taking some of the thought out of it and just reacting to the
pitch is really what has allowed him to show the swings again last
Rasmus entered play on Tuesday hitting .214 with three homers and 15
RBIs in 42 games this season.