Lowe went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Friday's 4-3 loss to the Mets. Lowe swatted his 11th homer in 70 games, which puts him on a pace to surpass the 18 he hit over 157 games in 2021. The increased power is no fluke. Lowe's launch angle increased from 5.0 to 8.8 from last season to 2022, while the first baseman is hitting more line drives (30%, up from 21%) and fewer groundballs (46%, down from 55%). Lowe's coming off a banner June, during which he posted a slash of .307/.346/.564 with seven home runs, 16 RBI and 14 runs scored.
Lowe is coming off far and away his best month of the season -- one in which he began to elevate the ball a bit for improved power -- and he'll face off against mashables like Dean Kremer, Austin Voth, Spenser Watkins and Dylan Bundy this week.
Lowe went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday. The Rangers' first baseman took Josiah Gray deep to center in the bottom of the second to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. He now has 10 home runs and 30 RBI on the season and is slashing a respectable .276/.323/.444 on the year. Lowe has hit two home runs over the past week and is on pace to break his career-best total of 18 in 2021.
Lowe went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and was caught stealing in Tuesday's 7-0 win over Philadelphia. Lowe delivered the game-winning hit, bashing the first of back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning off former Ranger Kyle Gibson. The blast was Lowe's ninth of the season, eight of them coming in the last 30 games. During that stretch, Lowe is slashing .325/.358/.596 with 14 extra-base hits, 19 RBI and 19 runs scored.
Nate Lowe entered Wednesday's game batting .352 (25 for 71) with six homers and a 1.069 OPS over his past 18. What's interesting is that his average exit velocity and hard-hit rate have only decreased during that time. The launch angle, however, has improved. Specifically, his ground-ball rate is just 38.3 percent, and the reciprocal changes to his line-drive and fly-ball rates seem to have made all the difference. It suggests that Lowe's recent surge may be less a hot streak than the natural result of some necessary swing changes. Hitting the ball hard has never been the problem, so putting it in the air more could be the solution.
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