Gamel went 3-for-4 with a double in a win over the Angels on Tuesday. He was also caught stealing on his only attempt. Gamel was back in the starting lineup after a night off Monday, and he pushed his June average to an impressive .421 with his second multi-hit effort of the month. The outfielder's offensive surge shows no signs of abatement, as he's now boosted his season average a full 100 points to .294 over his last 20 games. Coupled with a recent pledge from manager Scott Servais that Gamel and recent trade acquisition Denard Span will share playing time relatively evenly going forward, the 26-year-old's fantasy outlook has exponentially brightened in less than a month's time.
Gamel, who went 1-for-4 with a run in a win over the Astros on Tuesday, is expected to put a more frequent dent in the same-handed Denard Span's playing time moving forward, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. "We'll mix it up," manager Scott Servais said. "You'll probably see more of a 50-50 split going forward. I think it will be good for both guys. You'll also see us give a day to Heredia once in a while and you'll see both left-handed hitters in the outfield." Gamel's surge continued, as he extended his hitting streak to eight games and reached safely for the 10th straight contest overall. The young outfielder drew the start over Span against southpaw Dallas Keuchel on Tuesday, and if Servais holds true to his word, Gamel should see more consistent playing time overall than originally expected upon Span's arrival. Gamel has forced Servais' hand with a 15-game tear in which he's hit .400 with three doubles, a triple, a home run, three RBI and four walks, a stretch during which he's also generated an impressive .437 wOBA.
Gamel went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run and was also hit by a pitch in an extra-innings win over the Rays on Friday. Denard Span was given the night off, affording Gamel the start in left field. He parlayed the opportunity into yet another productive effort at the plate, one that saw him lace his second three-bagger of the season and extend his hitting streak to seven games overall. Gamel's average remained below the Mendoza Line as recently as May 16, but he's turned his season around by hitting .413 (19-for-46) with three doubles, Friday's triple, a home run, three RBI, four walks and five runs in the subsequent 14 games.
Gamel doubled and eventually scored in a pinch-hit at-bat during Wednesday's loss to the Rangers. The hot-hitting outfielder came through with a timely two-bagger as the Mariners attempted to mount a ninth-inning rally. The hit extended Gamel's hitting streak to six games and pushed his average to a season-high .270. The 26-year-old's May turnaround (.343 average during the month) presents manager Scott Servais with a bit of a dilemma, as the club acquired veteran outfielder Denard Span from the Rays in the midst of Gamel's surge. For the time being, Servais appears set to roll with a starting outfield of Span, Guillermo Heredia and Mitch Haniger, with Gamel occasionally filling in. However, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Gamel will also begin taking groundballs at first base regularly to lay the groundwork for another potential means of working him into the lineup.
Gamel went 2-for-5 with a stolen base in an extra-innings win over the Twins on Saturday. Gamel's average is now up to a season-high .242 after having reached safely for his fifth straight game, and for the ninth time in the last 10 contests overall. Despite his recent surge, the 26-year-old may see his last start for a while Sunday, as Denard Span's arrival in a trade with the Rays is expected to bump Gamel back down to a reserve role in the majority of games moving forward.