Heading into Monday night's game, Craig Counsell is batting an absurd .339/.432/.484. He's coming off a spring training in which he batted .388/.436/.531. The last time he was this hot for a comparable stretch of time was when he began 2006 batting .364/.435/.491.
Now, I know that in the long run, these stats are probably meaningless. Spring training stats are particularly worthless, and a monthlong hot streak is not enough of a sample size to make any sort of meaningful conclusions. That 2006 season? He finished at .255/.327/.347. This year, I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest if Counsell went ahead and batted .210/.320/.300 the rest of the way.
The thing that gets me, though, is the fact that this hot streak has coincided with a complete retooling of his batting stance. Does that add anything different to the equation?
Honestly, I have no idea. I haven't been able to watch any Brewers games yet this year, so I've seen all of about three Counsell at-bats in 2009. Those of you who know these things: Has the new stance made any difference in the way Counsell is hitting the ball? Or is this just one of those random streaks that's just part of the game, even for such a historically awful hitter?
I'd love to hear what ideas you have.