I try to do the same thing at the plate with runners on as I do with nobody on. Right now, I’m trying to keep my swing simple, and take a straight path from my back shoulder straight down to the ball. Whether or not I’m leading off the inning or whether the bases are loaded and nobody’s out, I know that’s my best chance to hit the ball hard somewhere. I try to take the same approach that’s brought me success.
You really don’t want to change your approach. Some guys are trying too hard to get a hit with runners in scoring position, and that’s the wrong way to go about it. I don’t know if that’s what’s going on with our team. I know from my experience, when I haven’t hit well with runners in scoring position, it’s one of those situations where you’re trying too hard. You have to scale back, be patient and get pitches.
I know fans are frustrated. We’re frustrated, for sure. I think even though we have our Nos. 4 and 5 hitters out, you feel like you’ve got good enough players in here to do more than what we’re doing. We’re not going to be the same team without those guys, but at the same time, I don’t think our offense has really lived up to its capabilities.