Owings can hit any day of the week
On days he doesn't pitch, the best-hitting pitcher in the major leagues today, and already one of the best of all time, sits on the bench with a bat in hand, waiting for a chance. "I am ready every night," says Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings. "Every night."Owings is 9-for-18 this year. Last year, he hit .333 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 60 at-bats. His career slugging percentage is .667; Babe Ruth's career slugging percentage was .690. Owings has been in the major leagues just over a year, and he is tied for the second-most three-hit games (three) among active pitchers. (Livan Hernandez has eight.) Last year, Owings became the first pitcher since Jim Tobin in 1942 to record 11 total bases in a game, and going back 50 years, he is the only pitcher to get four hits, hit two home runs, a double, score four runs and drive in six in one game. (Only one Arizona position player, Shea Hillenbrand, has done that.) Last week, Owings became the first pitcher in regular rotation to hit a pinch-hit home run between starts since Don Robinson in 1990.
I'm just fortunate to be blessed with the talent to swing it a little bit. I can help myself with it, and help my team.
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