PITTSBURGH -- Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit has been up and down like the stock market this season. He is still trying to find a comfort zone.
After starting out slowly at the plate, the 30-year-old switch-hitter went on a 10-game hitting spree from April 21 to 30 (16-for-34, .471). He's since cooled off, and has gone hitless in the past three games entering play on Thursday.
Batting .282 overall with three home runs and 12 RBIs, Doumit is still not feeling comfortable at the plate.
"It's still early, but I got into a little bit of a groove during the streak," Doumit said. "Hopefully I can get it going again."
Doumit is trying to slow the game down.
"Right now, I'm just trying to see the ball," he explained.
"Early on I was trying to do too much and I've just tried to slow my entire game down. I wasn't feeling real comfortable and I didn't have a good spring. I didn't really feel comfortable in the batter's box all spring. That's the beauty of baseball -- sometimes you start off hot and sometimes you start off slow, but I'm starting to pick it up."