"Everybody looks at taking it one at-bat at a time," said Dobbs, whose 79 career pinch-hits are the most of any active player. "I break it down even further. You have to take it one pitch at a time. So every pitch is an at-bat when you're pinch-hitting, basically."
Mike Baxter of the Mets leads the Majors with seven pinch-hits, while Dobbs is tied for second. Milwaukee's Norichika Aoki, Houston's Travis Buck, Cincinnati's Todd Frazier and San Diego's Jesus Guzman also have five.
"It's about the process," Dobbs said. "That's all I'm concerned with is the process. I'll let the result take care of itself. If I can have a good at-bat, if I can do what I'm trying to accomplish within the at-bat, I feel good about my chances."
Since joining the Marlins a year ago, Dobbs has been one of the league's top pinch-hitters. He is 15-for-41 (.366) with a .386 on-base percentage the past two years. His 15 pinch-hits are tied for the third most in the Majors.
Hitting coach Eduardo Perez says the key to pinch-hitting is understanding that less is more.
"With pinch-hitters, a lot of people have the tendency of taking swings inside and working too much on their mechanics instead of studying who is on the mound," Perez said.
"Usually a pinch-hitter comes in against a reliever, not a starter. It's studying their tendencies, studying their habits, studying their comfort zone. Usually relievers are two-pitch pitchers. So you've got to grab one zone and one pitch and make sure you don't miss it. That's pretty much the art. That's why you see a lot of veteran guys who are good at it."
The Marlins' record for most pinch-hits in a season is 21, set by Ross Gload in 2009.