Streaky Quentin getting hot at the right time

Streaky Quentin getting hot at the right time

DETROIT -- When Carlos Quentin is on a hot streak at the plate, White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker believes the right fielder is as dangerous as any multi-faceted slugger in the game.

And with back-to-back three-hit games against the Tigers to start this nine-game American League Central road trip, Quentin appears to be in the neighborhood of one of those runs that can carry the White Sox.

"He's getting there," said Walker of Quentin. "The All-Star break was good for him. He had actually started working on some things before the All-Star break that have led to him swinging the bat better.

"The main focus for Carlos is when he starts going good, he swings at balls on the plate. When you see him making good decisions on what pitches he's swinging at, he's seeing the ball well and becomes extremely dangerous. Right now, he's very solid in his mechanics. So, he's not tinkering."

A look at Quentin's body of work since the 2009 season would leave the intense competitor classified as the proverbial streak hitter. Quentin posted a .182 average over the last 22 games leading into the Midsummer Classic, but has been on everything offered up by Detroit pitching.

His second career All-Star appearance was earned behind a .294 April average and 13 home runs and 36 RBIs over the first two months. But Walker believes Quentin has the talent and knowledge to shed that "streaky" label.

"In 2008, there was nothing streaky about that year. He was lights-out from Day 1," Walker said. "He's definitely capable of being consistent.

"I think the longer he plays this game, I view him like Paul [Konerko]. The longer he plays this game, the less he's going to think about mechanics, and he's going to come up with an approach that probably doesn't include covering all pitches at all times.

"If he does that, he'll just get better and better," Walker said. "He's a tremendous talent. He gets after it every day, a heck of a competitor. At times, he has some thoughts that beat him a little bit, trying to cover all speeds at all quadrants of the plate all the time. When he comes off of that, it will lead to more consistency."