Mechanical tweak behind Gomez's hot streak

Mechanical tweak behind Gomez's hot streak

Mechanical tweak behind Gomez's hot streak
MILWAUKEE -- As Carlos Gomez continues to play well, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke continues to be increasingly excited about the 26-year-old center fielder and his future.

Gomez is the reigning National League Co-Player of the Week after going 9-for-26 (.346) with 10 RBIs and four home runs in seven games. He also connected on a pair of doubles and stole three bases, putting his full range of talents on display.

"He keeps showing those exciting tools, and hopefully he puts it together," Roenicke said. "I mean, we really like him. We like his energy, we like the way he plays out there. He can do some exciting things."

The recent success for Gomez hasn't come by accident. In the last few weeks, Gomez said he has changed his approach by lifting the bat off his shoulder, standing up straighter and adding a leg kick that helps him sit on pitches and "drive balls more easily out of the ballpark."

Roenicke was aware of Gomez's changes, but he still described his approach as "see the ball and swing as hard as you can."

"It seems to be working for him," Roenicke said. "When the swing is flat and he's doing it that way, it works. When it's an uppercut and he's doing that, it doesn't work. So sometimes you see from at-bat to at-bat, you'll see a bad one, and then he'll turn around and hit a nice breaking ball like he did last night."

Gomez attributed some of his success to increased playing time, as he was in the starting lineup on Wednesday for the sixth straight game. Roenicke said that will continue if Gomez keeps playing well, and the electrifying center fielder said he appreciates every opportunity.

"I feel really good," Gomez said. "I feel like right now, I can be the player that everybody's waiting for, but it's only one good week. We have to wait. There's still two more months to play, and I'm still 26 years old. I still have a long career to go. Good week, but I have to continue practicing hard, working hard every day and find myself to be the player I want to be."