When manager Brad Mills opted for the right-handed Jason Bourgeois over the left-handed Brian Bogusevic to man left field in Carlos Lee's absence against Reds right-hander Mike Leake, he was simply going with the hot bat.
Probably the hottest bat on the team, in fact.
"The last couple of days, he's been given an opportunity to get in there, and he's done a real good job," Mills said. "With the skills that he has, he's going to be able to show those when he gets the opportunity."
Bourgeois would have started his third consecutive game Monday were it not for a steady rainstorm that postponed the game to Thursday. Including two hits in Wednesday's game against the Cardinals, Bourgeois is 7-for-his-last-11 to raise his average to .361 in 36 at-bats.
His most valuable tool hasn't traditionally been his bat, which might be late blooming compared to his legs.
Despite starting five games all season, Bourgeois came to the park Monday ranking seventh in the National League with eight stolen bases as he has been Mills' favorite choice for pinch-running.
Bourgeois has an ever-present green light, but said that he is still refining that part of his game. He is 8-for-9 this season, the only time he was caught coming to end the Astros' home opener as the Marlins guessed right and pitched out.
"Mentally, I want to get better at stealing bases," Bourgeois said. "I want to be more aggressive. I want to take advantage of any chance I get to set the table up for the guys behind me."
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