Curtis' up and down season has produced a respectable .272 batting average and an unusually high number of strikeouts. He has 31 strikeouts on the season. However, he does feel comfortable at the plate but the results have not been leading to hits.
"Actually, I'm feeling like I'm having pretty good at-bats," Curtis said, who has risen his average from .237 by hitting .364 over his last eleven games. "I have been hitting the ball but I'm hitting it right at people a lot."
Curtis is a hard worker but is also his biggest critic. He is never satisfied with an at-bat, which is something he wants to change.
"I go through stretches where I hit the ball at people and get out and then I try to do a little too much the next time up," he said. "I just got to get over the fact and be satisfied with the good at-bat even if I get out."
Curtis, who is batting just .239 in the month of May, is hitting the ball hard but the frustration of not getting a hit when he does has been making him try too hard at the plate.
"I think sometimes if you keep getting out when you are having good at-bats you try to do a little more, then you just start doing worse," Curtis said. "It just kind of snowballs in that way."
He is still showing an excellent an eye at the plate. He is second on the team with 22 walks. However, his extra effort at the plate may be contributing to his high strikeout total, but it is something he is not too worried about.
"You are going to have strikeouts no matter what," he said. "As long as my walks are up there with the strikeouts, I don't care how many strikeouts I have."
Curtis just wants the pitches that he strikes out on to be a strike in the first place and not help out the opposing pitcher by swinging at something out of the strike zone.
"I just want the pitches to be pretty close to the strike zone because if they are close then I feel good that I'm working counts and seeing a lot of pitches," he said. "If I occasionally get punched out on a close pitch, I can live with that."
He feels that his season is starting to turn around, especially in the midst of his current hot streak, and as long as he maintains his patient approach at the plate, things will start to click.
"As long as I'm waiting and seeing a lot of pitches, I think that if I keep doing that, I am going to get my pitch and I think things will start turning around a little bit," he confidently concluded.