There is a select bunch of players in baseball who have been as good as Ian Desmond has been for the Rangers since mid April, and on Monday he continued his quick ascent to the magic number of .300 for his batting average.
Desmond ended Monday's game with a .298 batting average after a sharp liner was caught to prevent a third hit of the night and a .300 average for Desmond, but even still, he went 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs on a first-inning, two-run home run.
That's quite an uptick for a guy who was hitting .109 back on April 15, 12 games into his Rangers career. After that game, Desmond got a few days off thanks to a scheduled off day for the club, a personal day off Jeff Banister elected to give him and then a rainout.
Since April 19, Desmond has been on fire. Since then, in 38 games, he's batting .355 with a .396 on-base percentage and a .988 OPS with 13 doubles, a triple, seven homers and 29 RBIs.
That's gotten him to this point, and now another multi-hit game on Tuesday could finally push him to that mark that seemed so unattainable just more than a month ago.