WASHINGTON -- The Astros entered Wednesday in a 2-for-29 slump with runners in scoring position after going 0-for-6 in Tuesday's 1-0 loss to the Nationals. Houston was 0-for-9 on Sunday against the Marlins, and 2-for-14 with RISP in the first game of the Nationals series on Monday.
"We're confident those results are going to start coming pretty quickly," manager Brad Mills said. "The more at-bats you get in those situations, the better off everybody is going to be. They're going to be more comfortable and confident, and the more times you get that, the better the percentages are working in your favor."
Mills says he hasn't noticed players putting added pressure on themselves in those situations, though he said it's natural to be a little more amped up with runners in scoring position.
"I think the heart rate is probably going to go up a little bit on everybody, but they'll start to realize how to approach those at-bats -- and there's been a lot of talk to that end the last few days," Mills said. "The series in Miami is when we really started taking notice of it, and it's started to carry over here. We've talked about trying to stay relaxed and within your plan and your approach, and what you're trying to do."