ST. LOUIS -- Tyler Greene sees the timing of his recent hitting tear as no coincidence. Rather, beginning with a two-homer, four-RBI game in Houston on May 9, Greene has watched -- and felt -- a slight mechanical adjustment make a significant difference.
Greene, who collected his first career game-winning RBI to cap Monday's three-hit night, has found the success at the same time that he's worked on keeping his back elbow down during his swing. The result is a more direct path to the ball, and he's been able to find a more consistent swing as a result.
"I feel great," Greene said. "I've felt great since that day in Houston. The results are starting to show itself through the long run here."
Beginning with that game in Houston, Greene has hit .308 with eight extra-base hits and six RBIs in 11 games. He has started 10 of the team's 15 games since May 9. Such production, manager Mike Matheny has said, will continue to earn Greene starts, even though the Cardinals have two other second basemen that they're also trying to work into the lineup.
"He continues to do things like [Monday] night that make you notice him," Matheny said. "It's the consistency. That's all we're looking for from anybody. We'll continue to give chances to him and other young players to see how they handle it. He's taken great strides forward, but we're going to continue to work him."