PITTSBURGH -- Maybe Clint Barmes only needs a few more former teams to convincingly bust out of a season-long batting slump. The shortstop has had a relatively stable 10-year career, so he only has two sets of ex-teammates. He has flourished in the reunions.
Last month, Barmes went 6-for-11 in a series against the Rockies, his team from 2003-10. On Friday night, he got a clutch hit (advancing a rally that ultimately went nowhere) in a 1-for-3 outing against the Astros, his 2011 team.
That 7-for-14 may not put him in the same haunting league as Brandon Inge, who has torched his former Detroit club with eight RBIs in two games as a member of the Oakland A's. But it's still noteworthy, considering Barmes had a total of only 15 hits entering Saturday night's action.
"I definitely had a lot more fun in that series against Colorado than at any other time this season," Barmes said. "If it was a coincidence, I'm ready for more of the same coincidence this series. I wouldn't mind that at all, especially the way this season has gone."
Last season, Barmes played behind the pitchers he is trying to hurt this weekend. Advantage, anyone?
"I don't really know," Barmes said. "I know they know my strengths and weaknesses, too; they've watched me hit. Being behind a guy and facing him from the box is different.
"I'm usually better off, anyway, when I don't try to figure it out ahead of time."