Drew showing signs of regaining 2008 form

Drew showing signs of regaining 2008 form

DENVER -- Stephen Drew remembers what he felt like during his breakout 2008 season.

"I was really consistent and really hot at the same time," the D-backs shortstop said of the year he hit .291 with 44 doubles and 21 homers.

Drew went 2-for-4 on Wednesday with a double, pushing his batting average to .303. Drew also improved his on-base percentage to .365 and his slugging percentage to .497. Drew got on base at a .333 clip in 2008 and slugged .502.

"Compared to the good year I had in '08, I know that feeling and it's getting there," Drew said. "[I'm] waiting just to really get going. I've just been staying consistent all year, and that's what you want, but I haven't had a really hot week or two weeks. The name of the game is consistency, and that's what I strive for. Right now my swing feels OK."

"We joke with him a lot that he's the unluckiest hitter on our team," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "But I think that might be true. He's a factor in the lineup and he has a very efficient swing."

The one hole for Drew so far this year has been his performance against left-handed pitching. The lefty swinger is hitting .167 against southpaws. Last season, he hit .200 against them, but in 2008 it was .267.

"The only way to get better with that, or get more comfortable, is to face them," Hinch said. "He can hit them. He's hit them in the past."

Drew will get more looks at lefties in the short term with backup shortstop Tony Abreu on the 15-day DL with a sprained right wrist. Hinch had started Abreu, a right-handed hitter, against some of the league's tougher lefties.