By taking the pressure off himself, Schmidt has laid it squarely on the pitchers. Even though he considered himself to be in a mini-slump last week, he hit five homers, three in games against the Cardinals, the Phils' main rivals in the division race. And when the long hits did not come in a game with Montreal, he used his speed to beat out an eighth-inning infield single to briefly tie a tight game that the Phillies eventually lost 3-2.
"Before this season I figured my game was 80 RBIs and 20 to 25 home runs a year," Schmidt says. "All of a sudden I find out I can hit .300 and that a load of runs and RBIs come with an average like that. Now I think I can hit more than .300. I think maybe .340 or .350."
As they say everywhere but in the Astrodome, the sky is the limit.