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Hot streak? Not to Rays’ Brandon Lowe

Coming off an AL Player of the Week-winning performance, he hits a three-run homer to beat the Yankees.
The Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) during the third Tuesday in New York.
The Rays' Brandon Lowe follows through on a three-run home run off New York Yankees starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka (19) during the third Tuesday in New York. [ KATHY WILLENS | AP ]
Published Aug. 19, 2020
Updated Aug. 19, 2020

Brandon Lowe is on quite a roll.

After winning the American League Player of the Week award for hitting .448 with four homers, 10 RBIs and a 1.500 OPS in his previous seven games, he started on next week’s honors Tuesday with a three-run homer in the Rays’ 6-3 win at Yankee Stadium.

Over his last 15 games, Lowe is hitting .358 with seven homers and 17 RBIs.

Call it a run. A tear. A heater.

But don’t call it a hot streak.

“Let’s hope not,” Lowe said after Tuesday’s game. “Hot streaks normally tend to end. Let’s see how long I can keep this rolling. Hopefully it’s not just a little streak, and we can look back in a couple months and there wasn’t a

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ny downtime from what I’m doing now.

“Hopefully I can keep going out there and rolling out good at-bats. Everything will take care of itself as long as I’m not trying to get selfish up there and do too much. That’s kind of the way I’m going about it and the numbers keep producing and things stay the way they are.”

Obviously over the abbreviated 60-game season, all numbers are going to be skewed.

But if you take Lowe’s eight homers in the Rays’ 24 games and multiply them out over what that would be a traditional season, they come to a hefty 54.

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“He’s pretty good,” teammate Austin Meadows said. “It’s impressive to watch. He’s always out there, always grinding and putting together really good at-bats. Whenever he hits the ball it seems like he hits it really, really hard every time. It’s fun to watch, for sure. He’s having an incredible year, and I know he’s going to keep it rolling.”

Rays manager Kevin Cash said there’s not much else to say to describe Lowe’s performance.

“Pretty special,” Cash said. “He’s humble, but he’s very confident in the fact that he knows he’s a good player, a good hitter, and if he stays with his approach, good things are going to happen. We’re seeing a good approach right now where he’s doing above and beyond because he’s on every pitch. You’re not always going to be like that. But there’s definitely a confidence when he goes into the box because he knows his ability.”