The Miami Marlins’ Luis Araez is on the verge of returning to a .400 batting average.
Araujo started at first base and batted second on Sunday against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., USA. He went 5-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored. Helped Miami to a 6-5 victory.
Araez’s bat was hot throughout the game. He led off the first inning with a single up the middle, and in the second, he hit a two-run double with runners on first and second. In the fourth inning, he had an RBI single to left with runners on first and second, and in the seventh, he led off with a single to left. In the ninth, he singled up the middle to lead off the inning.
The game raised Arajuez’s batting average to .390. He was 1-for-5 against the Chicago White Sox on Dec. 12, when his on-base percentage collapsed, but he used his ability to drive in runs to improve his batting average.
MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball, tweeted the same day, “No season is ever perfect. Baseball is too hard, too demanding, and too fundamentally rooted in failure. Arajes has gone hitless in his last three games, and he’s starting to make history again.
After the game, Arajuez said, “Baseball is so hard. It’s hard to hit .400,” he said, “but it’s not impossible. I want to get a hit every at-bat,” he said, adding that he was eager to break the record.스포츠토토
A .400 batting average is the realm of dreams. No major leaguer has hit .400 since Ted Williams in 1941. Tony Gwynn hit .394 in a strike-shortened 1994 season. That’s nearly a .400 on-base percentage.
With the season still a ways off, it’s unclear if Arajuez will be able to hit .400 by the end of the season. As the outlet notes, “There are three and a half months left in the season. He’ll need to keep his hot streak alive if he wants to hit .400,” the outlet wrote.