For Matt Wieters, he admits job one as a catcher is helping your pitcher behind the plate. But it’s also nice to deliver when you stand at that plate.
Tonight, Wieters drove in a career-high four runs in the O’s 13-4 win over Cleveland.
“I knew he (Fausto Carmona) had a good sinker so you gotta get something up and I was able to get some pitches up in the zone and hit them hard.”
Wieters had an RBI double in the second, another in the fourth and a two-run single in the sixth.
He said he believes in that theory that you hit for average first and eventually the power will come.
“Now I’m just trying to hit the ball hard. I’ve been able to do that a little more recently. As for the power, I always say home runs are doubles that carry. You’re just trying to hit the ball hard somewhere.”
Wieters is 8 for 20 with 6 RBI during a five-game batting streak and he’s hitting .304 over his last 32 games.
Still, when asked about his offense tonight he went back to the importance of working with the pitching staff.
“It’s probably more important this last month to get these pitchers rolling and get in a groove this last month where we can move forward in the off season and feel like we made that stride here at the end of the year.
“Calling the game always comes first. You can do things as a catcher that you can’t do at any other position in terms of winning the game. But it’s always good when you can drive in runs and help your pitcher.”
Wieters is 4 for 8 with 5 RBI in this series and his average is up to .272.