"For me, it's just totally committing on going to right-center," Zunino said, per MLB.com. "That's been my strength for a while, and that keeps my bat in the zone longer. When you don't feel 100 percent or start to get a little fatigued, you try to generate too much, and that was pulling me off my swing. If you can get that path to right-center and stay balanced, I think that's going to be the key to changing things."
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is confident the 23-year-old catcher will become a better all-around hitter.
"The natural progression is he knows the league a little better from an offensive standpoint now," McClendon said. "He's got to become a better hitter. We know he has the power. But he has to commit himself to becoming a better hitter, shorten up his stroke in certain situations, and he's committed to doing that. I'll remind all of us that it's just not that easy sometimes. Hitting the baseball is probably the most difficult thing to do in any sport. He'll get better. He'll work at it."
Zunino broke a 1-1 tie with his fourth-inning blast, putting his team up for good and earning a critical win as the Mariners chase a potential Wild Card berth. Despite displaying quality power numbers this season, Zunino has struggled to consistently deliver hits. He owns a .199/.256/.409 line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI in 413 at-bats.
Zunino had just one hit in the game, a solo home run, as he finished 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. He has just two home runs in the month of August so far, after totaling at least four in each of the previous three.
Zunino has been a pretty all-or-nothing hitting this year, as he carries a .205/.261/.418 line with 19 home runs in 106 games.
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Zunino emerged from a slump Tuesday night with two hits and two RBI. The performance ended a five-game hitless streak in which he was 0 for 16.
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