Despite driving home the winning run on a sac fly in Saturday's ninth-inning 5-4 win over the Diamondbacks, Carlos Beltran is struggling since returning from the DL. In 17 games played he's batting .228, with one homer and 6 RBIs.
He and Jerry Manuel sat in front of Beltran's locker before Sunday's game and tinkered with his batting stance. Beltran stood up to show Manuel his new approach. He showed his manager the "before" stance, then he raised his hands about 6 inches higher above his shoulder. Raising his hands will allow him to come down on the ball better and cut down on pop ups.
Once Beltran sat down, Manuel stood up and demonstrated another adjustment he suggested. He wants to see Beltran bring his elbow in a bit, as opposed to having it jut out at a 90 degree angle. The idea here is it will quicken Beltran's swing and allow him to wait back on balls that should be driven to the opposite field.
"We're still in discussion," Manuel said before Sunday's game. "We'll go back and look at his film. I know he's not comfortable. I know he's seeing the ball well, I think it's just a few fundamental things he's doing wrong. He probably needs to get back to hitting the ball the other way. When he hits a line drive to left-center batting left-handed I think then he'll be on his way. His balls are now being pulled and that's not Carlos."
Hopefully the small adjustment will lead to big results.