Colvin confident he will bust out of slump

Colvin confident he will bust out of slump

Colvin confident he will bust out of slump
CINCINNATI -- Tyler Colvin has not had a hit in the big leagues since he singled in the seventh inning on April 28 in Arizona. He's 0-for-31 in his last 14 games, although he did collect 13 hits from May 17-31 when he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.

On Tuesday, Colvin was not in the Cubs' starting lineup, ending a string of five straight starts. He's batting .086, but he's not panicking. He isn't changing his stance or grip. The problem isn't physical.

"It's one of those things where I don't have to hit the ball 800 feet, and that's what was in my head early in the year," Colvin said Tuesday. "I had 20 homers [last year] and I was thinking I'm going to get them all in the first month, and you're not.

"Last year, I hit line drives and sometimes they went out. It took me awhile to see that, and now I'm hitting balls hard and I can't find a hole. They'll start falling. I'm not worried about it."

His teammates are sympathetic.

"[Darwin Barney] came over to me yesterday and he said, 'Man, you hit a line drive short-hop to the shortstop and I hit a chopper off the plate and get a hit,'" Colvin said. "You know that's what baseball is and you can't be this bad, and it'll turn around and my hits will start falling."

What Cubs manager Mike Quade wants to see are good at-bats, and he has.

"The talent is there," Quade said of Colvin. "Obviously, if we knew what the problem was completely, we'd solve it and move on and live happily ever after. As tough a situation as we're in as a club, he's been in that all year. I think he understands some of it and, as a young player, he still has a lot to learn and figure out."

It's tough to be consistent at the big league level.

"[The pitchers] know me and the last few guys I've seen, I faced them a lot last year so I know them as well," Colvin said. "I've gotten good pitches to hit and I've hit them hard. Hitting is tough, and you're not going to find a hole all the time. They'll start dropping."

He hits early, and works with hitting coach Rudy Jaramillo.

"Even last year, my goal was to hit at least two balls hard a game," Colvin said. "I've been doing that the last few games. They'll start falling."