Podsednik playing lead role for Royals

Podsednik playing lead role for Royals

ANAHEIM -- Royals leadoff batter Scott Podsednik is on a roll. He took a five-game hitting streak into Saturday night's game against the Angels and was hitting .405 (17-for-45) in his previous 10 games.

That brought him to one point shy of .300, his highest average in a month.

"Just getting lucky," Podsednik said. "I haven't really changed anything. I've been taking the swings I want to take and kind of got my [bat] path down to where I want it, so hopefully I can ride this out for a while and keep reaching base."

That's crucial for the Royals. Podsednik was tied for third on the team in runs with 39 and was leading with 23 stolen bases.

"He makes a lot of things happen," manager Ned Yost said. "He's kind of the catalyst. He starts it up, Jason [Kendall] moves him along and the other guys finish up behind him."

Podsednik hasn't had a prolonged slump but he admits staying consistent at the plate is difficult.

"You're going to have weeks where you're hitting the ball hard, you're going to have weeks where you're not hitting the ball hard," he said. "There are not too many guys who can stay hot for 162 games. When you're going bad you have to handle it mentally and stay positive and know that sooner or later, you're going to come out of it. It's tough mentally to deal with it, but I feel like I've gotten better in the last couple of years dealing with the oh-fers."

Podsednik's wife, Lisa, gave birth to their first son, Nixon, on Thursday so the hope was that he'd follow the lead of David DeJesus, who was on a .400-plus tear since the birth of his first son, David Jr.

"If we could all do what DeJesus has done for the last month now, we'd all be well on our way to the Hall of Fame, I think," Podsednik said.

Well, maybe he's started. In his first post-Nixon game on Friday night, Podsednik went 3-for-4.