Mitch Moreland. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Hasn't been pretty for Mitch Moreland his last 30 games. The Red Sox All-Star's hit just .189 with a .601 OPS, but has 23 RBI along the way and he's homered four times, including a two-run blast last night.
How does Manager Alex Cora explain the struggles?
"He's off-balance in certain swings," Cora said. "I think early in the season, he was driving the ball the other way more often. He's shown some flashes the last two weeks, but not as consistent as he was early in the season. People talk about workload, but I do feel we're doing a good job with peers. I think it's more mechanically, honestly. He became pull-happy, and he's paying the price."
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Moreland said he's working to get back to being the player he was in the first-half.
"I feel like as of late, I've hit a ball or two hard a game, maybe not had the best of luck," he said. "I felt like I've been trending in the right direction. Sometimes it's hard to keep that feeling if you're not getting the right results. You just gotta keep your head down and keep working, man. The season is this long for a reason, you're gonna go through the ups and downs. I've tried to keep it big-picture, and keep working."
It's helped. Moreland's batting .316 with a .970 OPS his last six games.
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports