Mets trying to get Thole back in swing of things

Mets trying to get Thole back in swing of things

MIAMI -- Terry Collins wants Josh Thole to be himself again and get back to what got him to the big leagues.

The Mets catcher has been mired in a 0-for-25 slump entering Friday's series opener with the Marlins. The drought dates back to Aug. 14 against Cincinnati, and is the worst slump of Thole's young career.

"We're trying to reestablish the swing he had two years ago when he first got here," Collins said, referring to the swing that helped Thole hit .287 between 2009-10. "Shorten his swing up, shorten up on the bat a little bit. ... Just to get him to go back where his hands were a bit and go back to being the guy he was when he got here."

Collins said Thole has been swinging too aggressively and needs to get back to being a singles and doubles hitter with a less violent swing.

While Collins admitted that Thole has been trying to hit like someone he isn't, the Mets manager added that he was doing that because the team asked him to. When Thole's average began to fall, the club asked him to try to pull more balls, hit a few home runs and drive in guys because he was so good at making contact.

"He felt uncomfortable doing it and I think due to that, he's got himself in a couple of bad habits, so we tried to resurrect the old swing to shorten him up again," Collins said. "We'll see how that works."