Carl Crawford sort of laughed. OK, he did laugh, but it was one of those "what am I going to do?" laughs.
Crawford had just completed an 0-for-8 stretch in the Dodgers’ two-game series against the Yankees, and it seemed his scuffling at the plate since coming off the disabled list July 5 from a hamstring injury was simply continuing.
“I went through this last week,” he said. “They [the media] say, `Why aren’t you hitting when you come back?’ It’s baseball. You’re going to hit, you’re not going to hit.
“It’s just the way it goes. You’re not ever going to hit from the first game to the last game. It just don’t happen that way.”
When Crawford injured his hamstring, he was batting .301 and had been one of the Dodgers’ few reliable hitters. Since returning, he has hit .225.
So he hasn’t been the same guy, though the truth is most of his struggles came when he was first activated and trying to find his swing.
“The deal about these two games I didn’t hit, is that I’m hitting the ball,” he said. “The difference between when I first came back off the DL is, I wasn’t hitting at all. I was just striking out. Now I hit the ball, I just need to find a hole.”
In Crawford’s first 10 games back, he went 3 for 32 (.094) with eight strikeouts. But in his last nine games – including going hitless in his last two – he is 14 for 41 (.341) with five strikeouts.
“You just gotta play, man. You just gotta play,” he said. “It’s just not possible to hit every day, you know what I’m saying?”
Yes, I absolutely know what he’s saying. In the last nine games, he’s been hitting better than most probably recognized. His timing appears to be returning. And there are 56 games yet to play.
“It’s been up and down,” Crawford said. “One of those kinds of seasons. I have two more months to play and hopefully I stay healthy.”