“He doesn’t change his approach,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, per MLB.com. “He doesn’t try to do too much. He just stays with his same approach and he’s a good hitter. If anything, maybe his concentration is unbelievable. You don’t see him over-swing very often.”
Heading into Monday’s game, Brantley led the AL with a 91 percent contact rate. Brantley was also putting balls in play at a 79 percent rate, which was eighth-best in the AL, and his 11.6 percent strikeout rate was 10th-best in the league.
“He’s done everything that we’ve asked him to do, man,” outfielder Nick Swisher said. “He’s hit in every slot from one through nine. And he’s such a pro hitter, man. To be able to have a guy like that, that Tito can bounce up and down the lineup to protect certain guys, obviously he’s shown his worth on this squad for sure.”