Red-hot Stubbs moving in right direction

Red-hot Stubbs moving in right direction

CHICAGO -- Drew Stubbs is starting to heat up, entering Saturday's game against the Cubs with a six-game hitting streak.

The Reds' center fielder has been especially impressive in his last two games, knocking out three hits in each. Stubbs also homered Thursday and hit a two-run double Friday for his first two extra-base hits of the season.

"It's a process. I felt really good today," Stubbs said Friday. "I feel like I stayed on every pitch. I think leading up to that, I'd kind of been pulling off of some sliders, especially. I got a lot of them today and was able to drive one to right field and stay up the middle with some other ones.

"I'm working back to where I need to be. It's not a quick fix by any means, but we're moving in the right direction."

Manager Dusty Baker said the biggest change he's seen in Stubbs' approach has been him swinging at strikes and being aggressive early in the count.

"Everybody hollers about working the count and getting deep in the count, but everybody's not a deep-in-the-count guy," Baker said. "The deeper he gets in the count, the more prone he is to strike out."