Consistency key to Weeks' success

Consistency key to Weeks' success

ARLINGTON -- Jemile Weeks has been a steady hitter all season, never dipping below .284 in 80 games, and it seems as though every time his average creeps below .300, he puts together a hot streak.

Weeks has hit .379 over the past 15 games, more than 100 points higher than he hit in the 15 games before that (.277). He had his first four-hit game on Wednesday, against the Royals, pushing his average back above .300 to a team-leading .303.

"If you look at his numbers, he's been consistent from the day he's been here," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's gone through a few periods where he might have had a down three or four games, but every time he gets in the .290s, he picks it up. He's been really consistent, that's probably the surprising thing for me, [since he's] a rookie. He really didn't know the league very well and the pitching coming in. He got off to a hot start and has been able to maintain it."

Weeks said that he's getting better with experience and increased familiarity with the league's pitchers.

"I've been up there enough to not have those nerves when I get up to bat," Weeks said. "I've got more of a clear head than when I first came up."