So far, during this 2012 season, it seems that leg cramps and neck spasms can slow Nolan Reimold’s bat better than American League pitchers can.
Flashing some of the potential that Orioles fans have seen before, Reimold is off to a fast start - when he can get on the field. In 11 games and 46 at-bats, he is batting .370 with four doubles, five homers, nine runs scored and a stolen base. He has a slugging percentage of .783 and an OPS of 1.166.
If he had enough at-bats to quality for the league leader stats, he would rank first in the American League in slugging and tied for second in OPS. He is tied for fourth in the league in homers along with teammates Matt Wieters and Adam Jones.
Over his last six games, Reimold is 12-for-25 (.480) with three doubles, five homers and nine RBIs. So he has eight extra-base hits in the six games.
But the injuries, which seem to currently be more nagging than serious, have kept him out of three of the last four games. He has not started in seven of 16 games already.
The Orioles must be hoping that Reimold can stay in the lineup and on the field when the six-game homestand begins tomorrow night.
The fast start has to be good for his confidence and reinforce for manager Buck Showalter that he needs to take a good long look at Reimold this year. I’ll repeat what I have written before. Endy Chavez is going to prove to a be a nice addition to this team this year, but Reimold should get 500 at-bats as the left fielder this year.
So far that sounds like a sound plan, if the O’s left fielder can stay healthy and in the lineup.