Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal has never been one to overly scrutinize his swing.
“This game is hard enough as it is,” the six-year veteran said before Thursday night’s 7-2 victory over the Miami Marlins. “If you get into analyzing why you’re not hitting this or that pitch, why you’re doing better here and not there, I think you’re going to have a really hard and short career.
“I come in, I try to do my job on a daily basis. If it doesn’t come out the way I want it to, it doesn’t. I try to perfect it the next day, but not by overanalyzing it.”
Grandal’s approach explains why the switch-hitter struggles to come up with an explanation for why he has been on such a tear this month.
Grandal hit .194 with a .677 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, three homers, three doubles and seven RBIs in 22 games through April 29, but a three-hit game against Philadelphia on April 30 sparked a hot streak he has carried well into May.
Grandal enters Friday night’s game with a .404 average (21 for 52), a 1.022 OPS, one homer, seven doubles and 13 RBIs in his previous 14 games, including a key two-run double in Wednesday’s win at San Francisco. The surge boosted his season average to .286.
“If I could pinpoint the exact thing that triggered it, I would tell you, but I have no idea,” Grandal said. “I don’t think it was anything out of the ordinary that I did.”
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts believes the difference in Grandal’s April and May is that “he’s swinging at pitches in the zone. When Yasmani conducts a professional at-bat and stays in the strike zone, he’s very elite.”