Cantu at Citi Field

In the middle of a slump, Jorge Cantu is hoping to reverse his fortunes at a field where he’s already enjoyed great success.

Entering Friday night, the Marlins first baseman was 2-for-11 on the road trip — or first three games at Philadelphia.

The Marlins opened a three-game set with the Mets at Citi Field. When the Marlins first played in the new ballpark — April 14-16 — Cantu had a big series. In those three games, he ws 5-for-9 with three home runs, seven RBIs, four runs scored and three walks.

“Everything was clicking then,” Cantu said.

Still leading the team with 35 RBIs, Cantu attributes this current slump to missing good pitches to hit, along with his right hand occasionally dipping, causing him to lift the ball. That’s a minor wrinkle in his swing that he’s ironing out.

“I’m missing my pitches lately,” Cantu said. “That’s what I’m doing, missing my pitches.

“It’s a bad streak. It started in that last homestand. For some reason, in the blink of an eye, it’s amazing how this game changes, in a second.”

— Joe Frisaro


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