Michael Brantley keeps approach consistent

Michael Brantley keeps approach consistent

Indians outfielder Michael Brantley improved his batting average with runners in scoring position to .357 (20 for 56) with a two-run single in the sixth inning Monday against the Orioles. 

“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.”

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