As I hope all of you know, Ty Wigginton hit two home runs yesterday. Despite being a power hitter, the homers were just his 4th and 5th of the year. Wigginton, despite the three hit performance, has a measly .235 average and 18 RBI, hardly good numbers for a guy who slugged 23 home runs for Houston last year. However, this could be the start of a hot streak for Wiggi. Here's why:
Even last year, Wigginton got off to a miserable start. In Mid-May, he was hitting .217, and was only able to raise it to .285 by the end of the year because he was playing every day. Here in Baltimore, he's not. He gets the Sunday start, an occasional start here and there, etc. Through May 31st last year, Wigginton had two home runs. Through May 31st this year, he has three homers. So, actually, Wigginton is off to a better start power-wise.
It was in August of 2008 in which he heated up, raising his average from .264 to .303, hitting a whopping FOURTEEN home runs throughout the month. Now, he won't get those same opportunities in Baltimore as long as Mora's here, and it'd be unrealistic to expect him to hit 14 homers in a month, but it'd be realistic to expect that he does heat it up. He's a slow starter, and it's no different this year.
Wigginton's Monthly Career Splits:
April: .237, 18 HR, 68 RBI
May: .263, 22 HR, 72 RBI
June: .281, 14 HR, 56 RBI
July: .290, 18 HR, 56 RBI
August: .261, 22 HR, 74 RBI
September: .289, 21 HR, 76 RBI
So, during the months of June, July, and September, he starts hitting for higher averages and really starts clubbing the ball out of the park the last two months of the season. Before Sunday's three hit, two run performance, most looked at Wigginton like a bad free agent signing, but you have to know that he's a miserable starter. It's always been that way with Wiggi, and it's no different this season.