CHICAGO -- Anthony Rendon has insisted he has not changed anything with his approach at all. And yet after getting off to a slow start to begin the season, Rendon has been one of the Nationals' most productive hitters recently.Rendon collected three hits, including a two-run home run in the
CHICAGO -- Anthony Rendon has insisted he has not changed anything with his approach at all. And yet after getting off to a slow start to begin the season, Rendon has been one of the Nationals' most productive hitters recently.
Rendon collected three hits, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning, and drove in three runs to help pace the Nationals in their 10-5 victory Tuesday night over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.
Rendon is hitting .348 (31-for-89) with eight doubles, one triple, four homers, 15 RBIs and 16 runs scored in his past 25 games.
"Water seeks its own level sooner or later," manager Dusty Baker said. "We welcome Anthony back. He hadn't been anywhere, but the ball is jumping off his bat again and he's getting some clutch hits for us."
"I don't know, just finding holes," Rendon said this past weekend in Cincinnati. "I feel like I've been hitting the ball hard, relatively hard throughout the whole season. Balls are starting to go a little further in warmer weather and starting to find some holes in the outfield."
Baker remained confident in Rendon's ability to hit despite his early struggles. And lately, Rendon is looking like the player who finished fifth in the voting for the National League Most Valuable Player Award in 2014, before injuries robbed him of production in 2015. Baker cited the fact that Rendon missed so many games as a reason why it might have taken a bit longer for him to start to heat up offensively.
"It's a matter of repetition and a matter of getting your timing," Baker said. "He's not fouling back as many pitches, which a lot of time is what gets you in trouble. You foul back pitches that you should put in play. Now he's making more consistent contact, solid contact."
The Nationals' offense has struggled to produce consistently this season, outside of catcher Wilson Ramos and second baseman Daniel Murphy. Rendon's recent production gives the Nationals another strong hitter to pair with those two and Bryce Harper, who is showing signs of breaking out of his own slump lately.
"He's a stud. Everybody knows that, since the day we drafted him," Harper said about Rendon. "His days at Rice, he absolutely lit it up. And then he came and did his thing. He's a great ballplayer. It's nice to see the results coming for him as well.
"Once everybody gets going in this lineup, it's definitely going to be pretty scary."
Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @jamalcollier.