HOUSTON -- Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton entered Monday on a nine-game hitting streak. He was hitting .344 (11-for-32) during the stretch, including five homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs, with a .875 slugging percentage and a 1.307 on base percentage.
"There's only one difference," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said of Stanton's recent tear. "He's swinging at strikes. Every time he puts the ball in play, that ball is going to be hit hard."
But Stanton has been working on his swing, and he credits that work with the success.
"What I really tweaked was to keep my hands back more," Stanton said. "That helps me keep my shoulder down and stay on the ball better.
Stanton said he felt things starting to click at the end of April.
"The end of April, I started to figure out what was wrong," he said. "It's easy to watch the film and say you know what you're doing wrong. But to turn that into the game and practice [is key]. I felt that different the last week of April."