Strikeouts piling up for D-backs' Upton

Strikeouts piling up for D-backs' Upton

ATLANTA -- Seeing a D-backs player atop the National League strikeout chart is not a new development. After all, third baseman Mark Reynolds has set the Major League record for whiffs in each of the past two seasons.

But right now it's teammate Justin Upton that leads the NL with 47 strikeouts heading into Friday's action.

"It's going to be part of his game, but it shouldn't be dominating his game like it is now," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "It all comes down to pitch selection. Right now, at least the last two weeks, even when he's scratched out his hits, he's been a little late on the fastball -- a little early on the breaking ball, which is a vicious cycle to get out of."

Upton's struggles have come at the same time the Arizona offense is trying to recapture its early-season potent production.

On the just-completed 0-6 homestand, the team as a whole hit .195 with 61 strikeouts.

"He's out of sorts, he's been out of sorts, swinging outside the zone a lot," Hinch said. "He's taken it upon himself to swing his way out of this slump, and it's caused him to get out of his discipline."