August can be a cruel month. The weather is hot; players are wearing; and the playoff contenders elevate their play.
Tyler Colvin didn't mind a few days off. The Cubs rookie outfielder is hitting .206 in 21 games (13 starts) this month.
Former Manager Lou Piniella had him on the bench for all but one game on the Cubs last seven-game homestand against the first-place Padres and Braves (also the top two pitching staffs in the National League).
And it helped.
"It's a long season and something I haven't done before," said Colvin, who leads all rookies with 19 homers. "You play a lot of games in the minor leagues, but it's nothing like being here and going about it. (The rest) definitely helped out."
In two starts under new Manager Mike Quade, Colvin went 3 for 7 with 1HR and 4RBIs against the Nationals.
Colvin is slated to be in the lineup tonight when the Cubs open a three-game series in Cincinnati.