Ozuna went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run Saturday against the Cubs.
Ozuna took Kyle Hendricks deep in the first inning, recording his 10th home run of the season. He has now homered in three consecutive games and has six home runs in June. Through May, his slugging percentage was at just .337, however, his scorching hot June performance has brought that mark up to .444, in line with his career mark.
Ozuna seems seriously intent on making up for lost time, as he'd started to hear rumblings about his lack of power numbers as May came to a close and he still only had three homers on his ledger. The slugging outfielder has hit safely in 11 of his 12 games this month, racking up six multi-hit efforts in the process. One of the keys has been Ozuna's ability to consistently put the ball in the air with plenty of velocity and distance, which has been evidenced by his 26.3 percent HR/FB rate and 54.8 percent hard contact rate over his last 49 plate appearances.
Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in a win over the Padres on Monday.
With his fourth homer of June on Monday, Ozuna now has more than half of his round trippers on the season this month. The long ball was bound to come for the slugging outfielder, whose hard contact rate was often at a career-high figure throughout the first two months-plus of the season. Factoring in Monday's production, Ozuna now has five multi-hit outings in June, a tally that's helped lead to a .395 average for the month and a 22-point boost in his season average overall.
Ozuna went 2-for-4 with one RBI during Sunday's loss to the Reds.
The 27-year-old outfielder got the Cardinals into the scoring column during the third inning with an RBI-single to left, scoring Matt Carpenter. Ozuna had a decent weekend series against Cincinnati, as he went 4-for-12 with two extra-base hits, two RBI and one walk. After a slow start to the season, he's batting .278 with six homers and 32 RBI across 59 games, although his WAR has dipped drastically so far this year in comparison to a season ago (5.8 in 2017 to 0.7 in 2018).
Ozuna, who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's win over the Reds, has already doubled his season homer total in the first eight games of June.
Ozuna actually began heating up May 21 with a 2-for-3 effort against the Royals, a game he'd limped into with a .234 average. That figure has bumped up an impressive 47 points since that contest, but his power numbers finally started taking off in the early going this month. Ozuna had actually been making hard contact at a career-best rate for most of the season, but he'd also been hitting the ball on the ground at a slightly higher clip than prior years as well. The latter trend has been reduced during his early June tear. Partly by boosting his already-impressive hard contact rate even further to 60.7 percent, he's already knocked three out of the yard over his first 33 plate appearances of the month heading into Sunday.
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