KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- One of the biggest positives for the Astros this spring has been the left-handed swing of shortstop Jed Lowrie, who's traditionally been a much better hitter from the right side of the plate in his career.
Lowrie has a pair of home runs from the left side of the plate -- and had a two-run single left-handed in Tuesday's game -- and hitting coach Mike Barnett credits a small adjustment with Lowrie's head with helping him see the ball better.
"We knew coming in [that] his numbers have not been as good from the left side as they were the right side, and we needed to see if there was something different going on," Barnett said. "A lot of times, switch-hitters have two different types of personalities. It's like dealing with two different guys."
By examining video from both of Lowrie's batting stances, Barnett noticed that Lowrie's head tilted slightly sideways from the left side, which was causing his bat to drag through the batting zone a little bit.
"We talked about it, and he made the adjustment," Barnett said. "He said, 'That makes so much sense, because when my head is in there sideways, I can't track pitches back to the catcher, either.' Now he's got his head more square and straight upright, with both eyes on the pitcher, and it's easier for him to track pitches."