Luis Arraez is a pure hitter.
The Miami Marlins infielder won the American League batting title last year with the Minnesota Twins, who traded him to South Florida in the offseason for pitcher Pablo Lopez.
If Minnesota thought Arraez’s bat would go down, they’re dead wrong so far.
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Entering Tuesday night, Arraez was hitting an even .500, which is down to .537 after he hit for the cycle against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Arraez took some of the hardest hits early: He doubled in his first at-bat but lined out in his second.
In the sixth inning, Arraez hit a triple, requiring a home run and a single in the final three innings of the game to accomplish the feat.
It was easy.
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With the Marlins scoring three runs in the sixth and nine batters coming to the plate, Arraez got up early in the seventh, where he homered to opposite field. Another big inning brought Arraez to the plate in the eighth, and now he had the easiest type of hit needed to get the cycle.
With Andrew Bellatti on the mound, Arraez again went to the opposite field to find grass in left field, thus becoming the first Marlin to hit for the cycle.
Arraez’s .316 average was the highest in the AL last season: he distanced himself from Aaron Judge, who hit a new AL record 62 home runs and still hit .311 with 131 RBIs, tied in the greatest amount in the majors.
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The Marlins are 5-7 in the young season.