Barnett pleased with offensive output so far

Barnett pleased with offensive output so far

MILWAUKEE -- The Astros entered play Tuesday leading the National League with a .302 batting average with runners in scoring position, but they were hitting just .182 (4-for-22) with the bases loaded, which ranks 11th in the league.

Houston hitting coach Mike Barnett would obviously like to see greater production with the bases loaded, but he likes what he's seen with runners on third base and less than two outs.

"We're picking up those runs and doing good things," he said. "The big thing to our guys is to try to stay with the same mindset, the same approach that you have with nobody on base. It really doesn't change, but I think the moment being more magnified with runners in scoring position, guys get away from their approach a little bit and try to do too much.

"The pitch selection suffers a little bit. That's something, as a young club, we've got to continue to stress and get better at."

Overall, Barnett has been pleased with the offense. The Astros entered Tuesday ranked third in the NL in both runs scored (76) and on-base percentage (.332), and were sixth in batting average (.255).

"We've had a couple of really big games, scoring 12 runs and 11 runs, and we've got to find a way to get more consistent night in and night out, and that comes more into having a solid approach and not worrying about the situation," Barnett said. "You have to stay with your strengths and get a good pitch to hit in those situations. I'm very pleased with where we're at, but we've got a lot of learning to do."