Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/4/12
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Garrett Jones has been good for 15-20 home runs and 75 or so RBI every year he's been with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The trouble has been that he has to cross through all manner of mountains and valleys to get there.

As a result, it's hard to take his streaks too seriously, even when he's on a tear like his current 11-for-24 with three home runs and nine RBI. The overall average is up to .278 after a strong June and early July, but the history indicates the next nosedive is just around the bend.

So why can't Jones, one of these days, be a little more consistent?

The most glaring answer is that he flat-out can't hit lefties. He has three hits against them since last August. That pretty much precludes everyday play.

The other answer is that he tends to start bending and reaching, which takes all the pop out of his swing.

"That's the big thing," manager Clint Hurdle said. "Garrett needs to stand tall. He's a big man with a big swing. What I always tell him when he starts bending his knees and going low is, 'If you're doing that, do you really think you're going after the best pitch to hit?' If he stays up, stays within himself, keeps it simple, he drives the ball."

Jones went 2 for 3 in the 6-4 victory over the Astros on Wednesday, his first start all season against a lefty.

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