Oakland Athletics first baseman Matt Olson appeared on the Jim Rome Show on CBS Radio, simulcast on CBS Sports Network, on Friday.
The A’s are set to begin their final home series of the year in a 7 p.m. tilt against the Texas Rangers, and Olson has been arguably one of their hottest hitters.
Punctuated by his mammoth 450-foot game-tying home run on Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals, Olson has now hit safely in 17 of his last 21 games, during which he’s hit .305 (25-for-82) with eight doubles, nine of his career-high 35 home runs and 20 RBIs.
In the interview, he talks with Rome about his increased awareness of his swing.
“I’ve never been too high of an average guy, but I could also argue that I’ve never had the same approach at the plate as I have right now,” Olson said.
Even missing six weeks due to a broken hamate bone and the resultant surgery to excise it, Olson has set career-highs for home runs, batting average (.269) and RBIs (86), while hitting 26 doubles (seven away from his career high), and registerring a 144 OPS+, his full-season high.