Sunday, July 09, 2017 1:20 pm
Game 88: TinCaps (36-51) vs. Lansing (43-40)
CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette
Lansing slugger Edward Olivares owns the TinCaps.
In 39 career at-bats against Fort Wayne, Olivares has 16 hits, four of them home runs, for a .410 average. He has driven in 11 runs in those 39 at-bats and stolen two bases with a sky-high OPS of 1.350.
Clearly, Olivares enjoys seeing the TinCaps almost as much as their players and fans must dislike seeing him.
It's not as if the 21-year-old Venezuelan outfielder is chopped liver facing other teams in the Midwest League. Overall, he's a .284 batter with 14 homers and 49 RBIs.
Speaking on the Lugnuts' radio pregame show last month, Olivares was asked about his approach at the plate. Basically, his answer boiled down to not getting himself out by swinging at pitches out of his preferred zones.
"I am trying to focus on good pitches," Olivares said through an interpreter, "and trying to have good swings."
Olivares was also asked specifically about all his hits off the TinCaps' pitching staff and gave a version of that same answer.
"All the time, every pitch, I am just trying to focus and hit the ball hard," Olivares said. "That is the key: hit the ball hard."
The TinCaps, beginning today with Mason Thompson starting and Ronald Bolanos piggybacking, are going to have to figure out how to pitch to Olivares and get him out.