"I usually always get more walks in the second half than the first half," Andrus said. "Early in the year, I think everybody's figuring out how to throw you so I'm a little more aggressive. Usually in the second half, I know what their plan is going to be against me so I have a better idea on how to have better at-bats."
Andrus has walked 10 times this month, one shy of a season-high, and struck out 11 times. In his career, he has walked 8.1 percent and struck out 13 percent of his second-half plate appearances while walking 7.9 and striking out 13.5 percent of his first-half plate appearances. Andrus is also a better second-half hitter than in the first half, batting .280 after the All-Star break and .269 before it over his career.
"Early in the year, I was actually hitting a lot of ground balls to third and shortstop," Andrus said. "When I do that, I know my approach is not in the right place. Right now, I'm hitting the ball more middle and away and that means I'm seeing the ball, letting it travel a little longer."
Christian Corona is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.