PHOENIX -- If D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock were to go three games without a hit in, say, mid-June, it would not raise any eyebrows, or cause him any stress.
But when you go hitless for three games and those three are the first three of the season and there's a week between the second and third games, well, a person can start to put a little pressure on himself.
Pollock went 0-for-6 in the D-backs' home opener on Monday and is 0-for-13 through three games. On Tuesday, manager Kirk Gibson reminded him to relax.
"One of the things about the game is to keep things in perspective," Gibson said. "He had a really good spring for us, he swung the bat good. What you don't want to do is get to the point where you're overexaggerating what's happened or what's happening. Just try and relax and trust the process and trust what you've worked on so far."
Pollock is big on focusing on the process of an at-bat, rather than the end result. In other words, controlling what he can control -- his approach -- and trusting that it will translate into results.
That's what he is working to remind himself of now, and also that he will eventually snap out of it.
"It's going to happen," Pollock said. "As long as I relax and let it happen, it's going to happen. It's a new day. I've been in this spot before. The worst thing yesterday wasn't my 0-for-6, it was that we lost."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.