CLEVELAND -- Phillies third baseman Michael Young was a hit machine the first month of the season.
He hit .341 (31-for-91) in April, which ranked fifth in the National League. Young had 31 hits, but only four extra-base hits and six RBIs, despite hitting in the middle of the lineup the entire season. His .418 slugging percentage ranked 49th out of 90 qualifying batters.
"He'll hit streaks where he starts getting the ball up in the air," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "He should. He'll go through some periods where he's hitting the ball hard up in the air."
Young went 0-for-4 in the first game of May -- a 6-0 loss to the Indians on Wednesday -- and grounded into his seventh double play of the season, pulling him into a tie for the Major League lead.
"Yeah, for sure," said Young, asked if he expects more from himself, considering the lack of extra-base hits and seven double plays. "The double plays don't bother me. That's a byproduct of me hitting some ground balls right now. But I expect that to turn."
Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less