HOUSTON -- Marlins third baseman Hanley Ramirez entered Monday's opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park in Houston with the highest career batting average (.391) of any active player against the Astros.
He added to that in his first at-bat, delivering a two-out double in the first inning.
Miami hitting coach Eduardo Perez said that Ramirez has been working overtime to get near those statistics against the rest of the league, as well.
"He's getting more disciplined," Perez said. "He has a better attitude as far as approach at the plate. I want him to be able to have a game plan when he goes up there. He's a really good hitter. He's got great hand-eye coordination."
The problems occur, according to Perez, when Ramirez doesn't take a game plan with him to the plate.
"When he goes up there and just tries to hit the ball or tries to look in or just tries to look for one spot, it works against him," Perez said. "Because the pitchers have a plan, the catcher has a plan, the opposing team has one, so he has to have one, too.
"When he's had one, there's nobody better in the game than Hanley Ramirez. He's gone through a lot of ups and downs this season. He's worked so hard. A lot of people think he doesn't work at it. He works hard. He's here early. He works in the cage. He's dedicated to it. He wants to do well."