Jared Oliva Shows Off His Hustle With an Inside the Park Homer

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - After seeing inconsistent playing time throughout the first few months of the season, Jared Oliva has really hit his stride in August and September.

In his 26 games over the last two months, Oliva is hitting .347 with nine doubles, a triple and three home runs.

“I think a lot of [the success] has been the work from early in the season,” Oliva said. “It was kind of just slow developing. Obviously, getting more opportunity to play has definitely been a big factor, too. Honestly, it’s just been a lot of the work we’ve been putting in in the cage for previous months and has just shown up. I’ve been swinging better pitches and being on time."

Additionally, Oliva has had a couple of the more noticeable plays in the Indianapolis season, both due to hustle. On June 9,...



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Oliva in & Suwinski out?


I still like Suwinksi long-term but I’d support this switch because at least we’d get plus defense. The only reason I might keep Suwinski is that he’s been much better at home than on the road, and we’re opening our last homestand.


and Oliva hits right-handed (no Castillo in RF vs lefties)


I see Oliva and Swaggerty as being much more valuable to the Bucs than Suwinski, with defense and base stealing. But, chicks dig the long ball!


I understated his home/road splits–“much better” doesn’t even do it justice. He has a .942 OPS at home and a .364 OPS on the road. I’m at least intrigued to see if, despite his recent struggles, he could turn things around against the Cubs and Reds.


I wonder if theres an underlying reason for this? Thats so significant theres gotta be something he can address


Yeah, I can’t recall ever seeing a split that big. Of course it’s based on fairly small sample sizes but even with just 165 PAs at home and 159 on the road, it seems remarkable. The biggest difference is 13 HRs at home vs. only 3 on the road, but he also has “just” 43 K’s at home (a manageable 26% K rate) and 59 K’s on the road (an ugly 37% K rate). Maybe he just sees the ball better at PNC?

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