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James Loney: Same As He Ever Was

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James Loney may be rewarded for simply timing his hot streak at the right time.
James Loney may be rewarded for simply timing his hot streak at the right time.

James Loney hit a three-run home run on Friday night, his latest positive stride at the plate, and it has Tony Jackson at ESPN LA excited:

What we are seeing now is that Loney can be a prototypical corner infielder, a guy with pull-side power who can deliver a big blow at a key moment in a game. Basically, that he is becoming the player the Dodgers have always needed him to be.

Jackson strongly suggests the change in hitting coaches, from Jeff Pentland to Dave Hansen on July 20, has contributed greatly to Loney's turnaround. Since that date, Loney is hitting .300/.367/.513 with 12 doubles and six home runs in 172 plate appearances.

It has been a very welcome run of success for Loney, but is it really that out of the ordinary?

This season, even after his hot streak, Loney is 22nd out of 24 qualified first basemen with a .314 wOBA.

James Loney is still James Loney.