05/31/09 2:55 PM ET
Scott's recent streak one of his best
O's slugger has hit righties, lefties equally well
By Jeff Seidel / Special to MLB.com
Scott returned to the Orioles' lineup last week after a left shoulder strain sidelined him and has gotten into one of his patented grooves. Entering Sunday, Scott had homered in four straight games -- hitting six with 14 RBIs in that stretch -- to jump-start the Orioles' offense.
Scott has been known as a streak hitter throughout his career, but this probably is one of his best runs. He entered Sunday hitting .533 (8-for-15) since coming back and had a two-run homer off Justin Verlander to briefly tie Saturday's game before the Tigers went on to a 6-3 win.
Orioles manager Dave Trembley said he's seen hot hitters before, but doing it for this long is something unusual for him to watch. He's certainly enjoying it, though.
"For an extended period of time, I'm not so sure I've seen it," Trembley said. "It's been good for him and good for our team, and I hope it continues."
The home run off Verlander came at the end of a tough nine-pitch at-bat. Scott calmly fought off several good pitches, fouling off three -- including two in the upper 90s -- before blasting a two-run shot to deep right-center.
"Facing a quality pitcher like that, it's a good competition," Scott said. "He's coming right after you; he's got really good stuff. He's making his pitches, and all I could really do was foul them off. It's just so hard."
Verlander is a right-hander, but Scott has done a better job this season of hitting left-handers, something that he's struggled with at times throughout his career. But this season it's gotten better, as he carried a .333 batting average into Sunday's game -- and Scott's hitting .333 against both left-handers and right-handers.
Scott was 9-for-27 with four homers and 10 RBIs against left-handed pitchers, something that Trembley likes to see.
"He's certainly improved," Trembley said. "I think it's all about getting a strike to hit, not chasing pitches out of the strike zone. Left-handers will throw him all pitches, [but] when he's in his little groove, it doesn't really matter."
Jeff Seidel is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.