It can be easy to forget that Kris Bryant is just 23 years old and only in his third week in the majors.
The top prospect in the game sounds mature beyond his years whenever he talks and when asked about his recent struggles, Bryant again said all the right things.
"It's baseball, man," he said before Sunday's series finale with the Brewers. "It happens all the time. Just play the game. Have fun with it. I never look into a bad game too much."
Bryant hasn't gotten a hit in his last 10 at-bats, watching his average dip from .341 to .280. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts in Saturday's loss and now has whiffed 18 times in his first 15 big-league games.
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"That's what happens in the major leagues," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "You have to adjust. He was swinging at some pitches out of the zone [Saturday] too.
"Just get back into the zone because that's something he had been doing well coming out of spring training. He wasn't chasing.
"He's been doing really well at maintaining the integrity of the strike zone. I'm fully confident he's going to do it again."
Bryant is in his usual No. 4 spot in the Cubs lineup Sunday and said Maddon has not talked to him about the slump.
"I don't think I need to be talked to," Bryant said. "I've been through this plenty of times before. It's part of the game. It's a hard game. The ball is small, the bat is small.
"You gotta take it with a grain of salt and learn from it and that's what I'll do."
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Bryant called his slump a learning experience and said he knows he will have more rough games throughout this season and the rest of his career.
Maddon has been impressed with the way Bryant hasn't sacrificed his patient approach at the plate, for the most part. The slugger is still taking his walks - 12 on the season and four in the last four games.
With Bryant and some of the other young players like Jorge Soler and Addison Russell, Maddon has preached patience and focusing on changing their mentality rather than physical mechanics during struggles. The veteran manager understands these kids won't just figure it all out overnight.
After leading all of Major League Baseball with nine spring training homers and pacing professional baseball with 43 in the minors last season, Bryant is still without a longball in his first 15 games, spanning 50 at-bats now.
Cubs fans are getting impatient for Bryant's first homer, especially now that fellow rookie Russell hit his first Friday at Wrigley Field.
But don't point to that home run drought as a reason for Bryant's struggles.
"I don't necessarily see him trying too hard right now," Maddon said. "For the most part, he's been accepting his walks and working good at-bats.
"If it's really bothering him, I'm not really seeing it. But I do believe the moment he does, it will relax him a bit more. Get the monkey off his back."
For his part, Bryant insists he's not pressing at the plate, either.
"I could go the whole season without hitting a home run, as long as we're winning games," he said. "Right now, we're doing pretty good, so we'll see.
"But I know the type of player I am and like I said, it's a percentage game with me. I hit home runs and I'm due. Yesterday, I was due for a bad game. It happens."