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Ozzie sees hitters pressing, but unconcerned

Ozzie sees hitters pressing, but unconcerned

Ozzie sees hitters pressing, but unconcerned
NEW YORK -- Stay upbeat and stick with a plan that has worked in the past.

Those are a couple of messages Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen is giving to his struggling club.

In the first four games of the road trip, which wraps up on Thursday in New York, the Marlins have scored four runs. They've batted .148 on the trip with a .221 on-base percentage.

"People can't put their heads down, and feel sorry for themselves," Guillen said. "It's a long season. They don't know. They have to learn how tough this game is. This game is not easy.

"Obviously, we're not swinging the bats well. You can make any excuse, chasing bad pitches, anxious at the plate, trying to get three hits in one at-bat. You can put it all together."

The solution?

Relax and not try to do too much.

"Right now, it seems like that's not happening," the manager said. "Just erase everything and let your abilities take over and don't try to do too much. That's the way to approach this game. Good players approach this game very nice. Bad hitters, they're anxious. They panic. They don't know how to come out [of it]. I think we have good hitters. We should know how to come out.

"You have a plan, stick with the plan, and make it work. I've been in this game a little while. I'm pretty confident that we're way better than the way we've swung the bats. That's why I'm not worried."

Giancarlo Stanton, who has yet to hit a home run this year, says the team needs to learn and move forward.

"But it's definitely not acceptable," Stanton said.

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