Flowers making some adjustments at plate
TORONTO -- Tyler Flowers entered Wednesday's action stuck in a 1-for-25 slump over his previous seven games.
As a result, the White Sox catcher has been tweaking some things with his stance and has opened up a bit more at the plate. The experiment paid off right away for him.
Flowers hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat in a 7-0 win over the Blue Jays and finished the game 2-for-4.
"I just felt a little more smooth, I guess," Flowers said about the stance. "Like I have a little more freedom, a little more, kind of, swagger, looseness feeling on all my swings today. I felt very good."
Manager Robin Ventura knows it's only one game, but thinks it can be a confidence boost for Flowers.
"It's big because it reaffirms. You can always doubt if you continue to struggle or don't feel right at the plate," the skipper said. "It was good. He got a couple hits and you're helping your team win."
Prior to the game, Ventura spoke about how what Flowers is doing is very common.
"I think it's more trying to find that comfort in being able to survive and do the things you need to do," Ventura said.
"As hitters, you are always making adjustments and doing things. What was good one week might not feel the same a week later. So you just keep making adjustments."
Part of what may be challenging for Flowers, according to Ventura, is learning how to be an everyday catcher after backing up A.J. Pierzynski in previous years. By playing more, that means he has less time to work on things in the cage, so Flowers must capitalize on the days he sits.
"When you get a day off, you use that day to work on your swing a lot more than you would a normal day," Ventura said.
While the 27-year-old Flowers might not be swinging the hottest bat right now, Ventura has no concerns about his ability behind the plate.
Ventura said Flowers goes into contests with a good game plan and that the pitching staff enjoys throwing to him.
"His first concern is what he does behind the plate and then secondarily, it's the swing," Ventura said.
Flowers believes he learned some valuable things from Pierzynski, including the veteran's preparation and ability to not get down when things weren't going his way. He also mentioned that Pierzynski's main focus was always his work behind the plate and rapport with the pitchers.
"That's the biggest thing I probably picked up from him. If he was going through a tough stretch or something, 0-for-20, not swinging the bat well, he was still in there doing everything he needs to do to catch the next day," Flowers said.
"That says a lot about the player and where his head is at, and what his interests are. His best interests were for the team, not for himself."