Can't stop the Wiggy
That’s right, your Orioles MVP right now is Ty Wigginton. (At least in my opinion.)
Wiggy hit two homers last night and leads the team with eight knocks. He has 10 hits in the Orioles last seven games heading into Sunday and has reached base in 17 of his last 18 games. (Make that 18 of 19 since he was hit by a pitch in the first inning of Sundays game.)
“He’s certainly got some very big hits and really solidified himself as one of the main guys that you feel is going to get quality at-bats every game,” Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
“You feel he’s going to come up with at least one good one. We’d really be behind the eight ball if he weren’t in there. He’s really picked up a lot of the slack.”
Wigginton was tabbed as the Orioles back-up corner infielder this spring, but Brian Roberts’ injury has opened the door for him to play as the club’s everyday second baseman. Asked what Wigginton’s best position is, Trembley joked : hit.
That may be true, since he’s not exactly hailed for his defense, but Wiggy has made the routine plays and hasn’t been a liability at second.
“If you talk to Wiggy, Wiggy will tell you, a groundball is a groundball, that’s kind of how he draws up his correlation,” Trembley said. “But no he hasn’t [hurt us]. He’s pretty good on the pivot. He gets to balls, he makes the routine play. That’s all you really want. You’re not looking for the highlight reel. If you get that, that’s fine. But he’s been steady.”