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Dodgers News: James Outman ‘Growing Up Pretty Quickly’

On Tuesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Los Angeles Dodgers staged one of their greatest comebacks in recent memory, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to tie the game before James Outman delivered a walk-off RBI double for an 8-7 victory.

While Outman had the game’s greatest hit, he also performed exceptionally well throughout the contest, going 3-for-3 with two walks in five at-bats. The rookie outfielder’s recent batting line of.304/.458/.413 has earned him praise from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

Roberts remarked, “His at-bats last night were outstanding.” “A young player who takes walks and then makes solid contact with the ball in the strike zone when he has the chance.” The last few weeks have been extremely revealing about his rapid development.

In March and April, Outman posted a batting line of.292/.376/.616 with a wRC+ of 165. During the subsequent two months, he struggled significantly, hitting.192 with a wRC+ of 55 and batting.192.

The 26-year-old is now striking in July.Adjusting to the league, he is batting 323/.440/.500 with a 162 wRC+. Outman could also credit Rocka for his rebound.

“I believe he surprised the league early on and got off to a tremendous start,” Roberts said. “Then, I believe they began to spin the ball more, crowding him with fastballs, and he began to pursue much more.

“And I believe he’s doing a much better job of regulating the strike zone at the moment. And he is passing the baton, and when they pitch to him and go to him, he unleashes his A-swing. Therefore, I believe he is calibrated and adjusted to the division.”

This season, the left-handed batter has a respectable batting average.250/.343/.428 with twelve home runs, forty-four RBI, fifty-one runs, eleven stolen bases, and a wRC+ of 112.

Will Smith praised the labor ethic of James Outman.Will Smith has taken note of the adaptations made by Outman, but he has also noted that some of his struggles can be attributed to the ups and downs of a baseball season.

Smith stated, “Recently, his hard work has become evident.” “He went through a dry phase where he struggled, but that happens to every major leaguer, not just rookies. Therefore, the fact that he has been able to overcome it and start striking the bat better is encouraging for his future as a baseball player.”