Michael Young hasn’t hit a home run in his last 78 games, a new career-high. This span has seen 313 homer-less at-bats, which is just two shy of another career high--315, set back in 2007. But Young isn’t worried about leaving the yard and putting the streak to bed--rather, he’s focused on making solid contact.
“My power numbers have always fluctuated,” Young said, per the Dallas Morning News. “That’s the nature of a being a line drive hitter. Sometimes they get up higher in the air; sometimes they don’t. I know during 2007 I hit the ball harder than maybe I ever have, but they were all on the ground or line drives; I want to make sure I’m doing that consistently.”
But Evan Grant of the Morning News points out that the power drought of 2007 was actually quite different from this current one, in that Young was hitting .330 with 22 extra-base hits during the stretch five years ago, where as during this streak, he’s hitting just .252 with 16 hits going for extra bases.
On the bright side, Young has hit safely in each of the team’s last eight games.