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Chris Coghlan is back to being a hitting machine

Jun 12, 2010, 12:54 PM EST

Chris Coghlan headshot.jpgChris Coghlan was 4-for-4 with two walks, two doubles, an RBI single and four runs scored in a 14-9 win over the Rays on Friday night.

Last year’s National League Rookie of the Year scuffled to a .227/.276/.292 triple-slash through April and May, but he is 20-for-38 (.526) through the first nine games this month. The 24-year-old outfielder has hit safely in each of his last 11 games dating back to last month, eight of which are multi-hit games. 

Marlins manager Freddy Gonzalez told Joey Johnston of the Tampa Tribune that he was never worried about Coghlan’s early season struggles.

“Look, you don’t worry about a kid like Chris Coghlan,” Marlins manager
Fredi Gonzalez said. “He just keeps working. He doesn’t change his
approach. By the end of the season, he’ll be hitting .300, probably
higher.”

Coghlan enters Saturday’s action at .278/.331/.381
overall. Oh, and remember that it took him 105 at-bats to collect his first extra-base hit this season? Well, he has eight of them in just 38 at-bats this month. Is it possible that Coghlan was motivated by the prospect of losing playing time with Mike Stanton’s arrival to the big leagues? Perhaps. Coincidence or not, the Marlins will gladly take it.

  1. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Coincidence not even. Coghlan didn’t have Mike Stanton up his tailpipe last year when he chewed up pitchers on his way to RotY. He didn’t have Stanton up his tailpipe over a month ago when he began to turn things around. Coghlan, from all reports, works his ass off and just keeps on keeping on by nature.
    Anyway, Stanton never figured to take Coghlan’s place in the lineup.
    If anyone was or is in the crosshairs, it’s Cameron Maybin. If Maybin continues to struggle, he’ll be back in AAA by the end of the month. It’s pretty clear that the Feesh aren’t going anywhere except maybe Moose Lake Lodge to kill some deer and birds in October, but they need Maybin to get it together if they want to finish someplace north of the basement this season.

  2. Old Gator - Jun 12, 2010 at 5:18 PM

    Oh yeah, and with what Scrooge McLoria is paying him, the tightwad is lucky that Coghlan isn’t hitting .065.
    .
    There, that’s better. Jimmy, I didn’t want you to feel like I was ignoring you.
    .
    reCaptcha: disapproved octopus. Guess it’ll have to be tilapia again. Yecchhh.

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