Rafael Devers breaks out of horrific slump with mammoth home run


Before the Sunday's game Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers went into detail in terms of what he believed was wrong with Rafael Devers.

"Pitches he’s swinging at," Hyers said when asked what Devers' primary problem has been. "You could tell when he kind of got off to a bad start, some things didn’t go his way, it looked like he started swinging harder and expanding the zone. As a hitter, you go out there and try to get hits, and that’s the wrong approach. I think it’s a process. You try to get a good pitch to hit, you try to stick to your game plan, and that process will eventually create hits. As I said, earlier, trying to get off to a good start, you’re looking result-oriented before you’re looking at process-oriented. You get ahead of yourself and trying to produce for the fans, for the team, and it starts to grow on these guys. So, I think pitch selection is No. 1 for Devers, and No. 2 is effort level. He’s just really swinging hard instead of letting his good hands work, because we know he’s one of the best hitters in the game whenever he gets the ball in the zone and relies on his hands."

It seems Devers has corrected some of the issues.

The Red Sox' third baseman broke out of a terrible slump by launching a Matt Shoemaker 91 mph cutter into the center field bleachers. The sixth-inning home run, which knotted up the game between the Blue Jays and Red Sox at 3-3, traveled 449 feet and clocked in with an exit velocity of 108 mph.

It was nine feet shy of Devers' longest home run of his career, with that one coming June 16, 2019, at Camden Yards. The blast was also the 10th furthest hit in the majors this season.

The homer was only the second one of the year for Devers, who came into the game hitting .170, while notching just one extra-base hit in August.

Raffy made that one look easy! pic.twitter.com/7MFMxPG7bP

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