Napoli trying to turn things around at the plate

Napoli trying to turn things around at the plate

ARLINGTON -- Mike Napoli hit a home run in Friday's 4-1 victory over the Astros. He finished the night 1-for-3 and is 3-for-32 with two home runs in his last 10 games entering Saturday.

"It's not a sign of anything, I just happened to have a good at-bat," Napoli said. "It's been at-bat to at-bat. Sometimes I feel good up there, sometimes I don't. I'm trying to get a feel of consistency, but right now, it's up and down."

Napoli went into Saturday's game hitting .236 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs. He had a .346 on-base percentage and a .456 slugging percentage. Last year, he was hitting .221 on June 23 with 10 home runs and 25 RBIs along with a .344 on-base percentage and a .493 slugging percentage. He was also on the disabled list with a rib cage injury and really didn't take off until after being activated on July 4.

"I'm hoping it's going to turn around," Napoli said. "I'm working at it, I'm working in the cage, doing everything I can. It's basically getting comfortable at the plate and seeing the ball like I was before."

Napoli is not the only Rangers hitter trying to find himself at the plate. The Rangers went into Saturday's game hitting .260 with a .395 slugging percentage as a team for the month of June while averaging 4.2 runs per game. They hit .292 with a .484 slugging percentage and scored 5.4 runs per game in April. In May, they hit .285 with a .471 slugging percentage and scored 5.9 runs per game.

But manager Ron Washington remains patient with his hitters because of their proven track record.

"No doubt about it ... we're very consistent in the way we do things," Washington said. "When you start to make changes, that's when you panic. We don't panic. We know what they are capable of doing. Let it play out. I believe in them. Nothing has changed. We're going to win regardless. They will come back."