"This game is very humbling," Nady said. "You try not to get too high with the highs and too low with the lows and remain on a nice even pace. I think most important for me is to have good at-bats and swing at strikes. Pitch selection is a big part of my approach, and you feel like you're comfortable in there and mentally relaxed and it makes the game a little bit easier. It's a game of adjustments, and you are bound to hit some bumps in the road during the season. It's just a matter of trying to keep them to a minimum."
Entering action on Saturday, Nady is hitting .344 with 23 RBIs. That is the most RBIs by a Pirates player in the opening month since Jeff King had 23 in 1996. Willie Stargell had 27 in 1971.
The other big factor for Nady is he is healthy. Last season, he missed games with a sore left hamstring and a concussion after being hit in the head with a pitch.
"No question that is big, and hopefully you're out there for every game," Nady said. "I'm trying to just stay on top of things and my leg is feeling good. I'm trying to be a little smarter with what I'm doing. Hopefully I can stay healthy, and that's all you can ask for."
Bucs manager John Russell is pleased with what Nady has brought to his lineup.
"Nady continues to come up with big hits for us," Russell said. "I think you have to attribute it to the approach he's taken. He worked on a couple different things with hitting coach Don Long to calm him down just a little bit with his stride.
"I think it's really paid off, especially with two strikes -- he's really laying off pitches and staying with the ball longer. He's really made himself a little more complete in the sense that even with two strikes, he's not panicking and he's got a good approach to hit, and he's stayed with that. He's done a fantastic job."