“Matty’s going to hit,” Braves hitting coach Terry Pendleton said. “It may look ugly at times, but he’s going to get it done. He’s proven that.”
Yes, he has. Diaz took a .307 career average into Thursday’s game, including .298 this season, with nine homers and a .367 on-base percentage in 242 at-bats before Thursday.
Pendleton said he has come to expect such extended surges from Diaz.
“Doesn’t surprise you at all,” he said. “I wouldn’t know how to pitch to him because I don’t know how to get him out. You may throw him three strikes, and he doesn’t touch one. Then you throw one down on his ankles, and he hits it out.”
That means Diaz doesn’t really have patterns such as typical hitters display.
“None whatsoever,” Pendleton said. “At least to us watching, there isn’t.”