It has been an up and down year so far for Manny Machado. First, the knee ligament tear last September that kept him out of the first month of the season. Then the highly-publicized fight with practically the entire Oakland A’s team in a three game series in June.
Now he finally seems to be getting around to doing what he does best: hitting. He is hitting .373 with four homers and 10 RBI over the last month.
Perhaps the most important of those four homers came last night against the Angels. The game was knotted up at 6-6 like it had been since the Angels scored one in the top of the seventh. The Angels came frighteningly close to plating a run in the top of the 12th.
Machado led off the home half of the 12th inning off of Angel reliever Cory Rasmus, who had entered the game in the 11th inning. This was the result.
Perhaps this will help Machado get back in the media for positive reasons after the deluge of bad press earlier in the season.
Many experts were predicting a breakout season for the 22-year-old Machado after he eclipsed the 50 double plateau last year. That may still happen, despite him missing a month.