Venable puts slow start behind him

Venable puts slow start behind him

Venable puts slow start behind him
CHICAGO -- Will Venable can't tell you why it happens this way. If he knew, of course, he would surely do something about it.

After another cool April, Venable has had a hot May, hitting .303 with a .391 on-base percentage heading into Tuesday's game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

In 19 games since May 8, Venable was hitting .328 with a .406 on-base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage.

Venable entered the game against the Cubs with a .273 overall average after getting two hits, including a home run, in Monday's 11-7 loss to Chicago.

As for April, it's a month in which Venable has never fared well. He's a career .226 hitter in April, the lowest mark of any month.

"I have never been a fast starter ... and I can't tell you why that is," Venable said. "I have had people tell me before that tall players or those with longer bodies that you have to give it to May."

Venable, who is 6-foot-2, isn't sure what to make of that axiom. What he is certain of is that he's feeling much more centered at the plate and making more consistent contact.

"I'm very proud of Will. We've talked about consistency in Will's game and he's taken a step forward," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I'm seeing a consistent approach, a consistent stance, he's doing a much better job with two strikes and he's using the whole field."