"He's a veteran guy," McClendon said. "He knows what he's doing. He has not had a lot of opportunities, but when you're a utility player, that's what happens. When you do get those opportunities you got to take advantage of them. He's done that."
Bloomquist said the biggest challenge with getting spot starts is avoiding the urge to swing at pitches out of the strike zone.
How does he explain his success with runners in scoring position?
"I do my homework and try to study a lot and try to figure out guys tendencies and how they try to pitch me in certain situations and use that to my advantage," he said. "It's nothing definite, but I try to put the odds in my favor as much as I can."
Adam Lewis is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.