After abysmal April, A's Josh Reddick believes he's due
Published: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 3:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 10:55 p.m.
NEW YORK — Josh Reddick has never collected a hit in Yankee Stadium. Not one in 27 at-bats. For almost anyone this would be a big deal on the eve of a series in the Bronx.
For Josh Reddick, it's a problem that's in no better than second place. Maybe.
The A's right fielder comes into this series in the midst of one of the worst stretches in his big league career. He hit .139 in April and a single and three walks in the first game of May were scant consolation because the A's lost.
A year ago, Reddick led the A's with 32 homers and 85 RBIs. You'd have to think that his current lack of production is playing with his mind. It is.
“I've already gotten there,” Reddick said when asked if his slump is impacting his brain patterns. “It's happening. But we're winning, and I won't be the bitter guy in the clubhouse just because I'm not hitting. Winning is the most important thing.
“Do I feel the effects? Sure I do. It would be hard not to. There are times I'm hitting the ball hard and guys are making big plays against me, like (Angels' second baseman Howie) Kendrick the other night. I'm tired of it.
“My teammates are good about it. They keep letting me know that I'm going to come around, that I'm due.”
Manager Bob Melvin has done what he can. He's given Reddick days off against tough left-handed pitchers. He's moved him around the lineup from third to sixth to seventh and, for one game, eighth.
Lately, he's even pinch-hit for him when needed, something that would not have happened in 2012.
“Josh has been great off the field,” Melvin said. “It's just been difficult on the field for him to find his rhythm. He's handled it well, and we know it's going to come.”
So about this 0-for-27 in Yankee Stadium.
“I'm still looking for my first hit there,” Reddick said. “I never saw one when I was with Boston, and now not with Oakland. But we've got three games there this weekend, and the one thing you can say is I'm due.”
Although Reddick has been working daily with batting coach Chili Davis, the two aren't trying to change Reddick's basic approach at the plate. Nor is Reddick looking at more (or less) video. He's just looking for his comfort zone.
It is out there, somewhere.
“Really, I do feel good at the plate for the most part,” he said. “I'm not going up there thinking about my average. It's never about yesterday or last week. It's about today's game, and as long as you remember that, you can keep things good.”
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