CLEVELAND -- Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, along with hitting coaches John Mallee and Eric Hinske, are attempting to get struggling second baseman Javier Baez to adjust his mental approach at the plate. Baez is 3-for-21 (.143) with nine strikeouts in the World Series after being named co-MVP of the NLCS.
"Trying to get him to readjust his thought process," Maddon said before Game 6. "Just have him slow things down. When things are going quickly, it's hard to put the brakes on. We're attempting to do that with him. Slow it down mentally."
Maddon has Baez batting ninth against Josh Tomlin and the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night. Baez has been as high as fifth in the order this postseason but has steadily dropped since the World Series began. He has been susceptible to off-speed pitches outside the strike zone.
"Gave him some ideas to work on today (Tuesday)," Maddon said. "I don't like to give physical ideas, I like to give mental ideas, because you can handle a lot of mental concepts but you can't handle a lot of physical concepts."
Maddon has not considered sitting Baez in favor of another player, because the Cubs still need his defense.
"There's one thing I know for sure," Maddon said. "When Baez and [Jason] Heyward are out there I like the team on the field."