Perhaps it's the rise in the thermometer mercury as summer officially arrives. Maybe Santana enjoys Interleague Play. Whatever the reason, the Indians catcher has hit .471 (8-for-17) with three home runs, five RBIs and five runs scored in his past five games, including Tuesday's 4-3 loss to the Rockies.
Indians manager Manny Acta said he first noticed Santana start to swing the batter better during the team's most recent road trip.
"He drove the ball to the opposite field in New York," Acta said. "I think that was the start for him. Success builds confidence."
Santana's batting average is at .234, the highest it's been since April 11. But Acta cautions that this isn't necessarily the best Santana has been.
"The first 10 days of the season, he was money," Acta said. "But he's been good the last couple of days. ... Hopefully it's a start for him."
Regardless of which stretch has been more impressive, one thing remains clear -- the Indians would love to keep rocking to the beat of Santana's bat.