Marcell Ozuna came up empty at the plate Saturday, bringing his 16-game hitting streak to an end.
But the rookie is still hitting .321, which is fine with him.
“My mentality right now is keep [my average] at .300,’’ Ozuna said.
Before beginning the streak, Ozuna fell into a bit of a rut at the plate because he said he was taking aim at the fences by pulling the ball.
It was when he tempered his approach by trying to hit the ball up the middle that he began having success.
With only one home run, Ozuna has yet to display the kind of power he showed in the minors when he averaged 23 home runs from 2010 to ’12. But he said he expects that to improve with time and experience.
“It’ll come later,” he said. “I’m just trying to hit the ball right now.”
First baseman Casey Kotchman, who has missed all but the first two games of the season with a hamstring injury, could be activated from the disabled list Monday when the Marlins open a six-game road trip in Philadelphia, according to manager Mike Redmond.
“He’s close,” Redmond said of Kotchman, who has been playing on a minor-league rehabilitation assignment at Single A Jupiter.
Ed Lucas isn’t the first former Dartmouth quarterback to make it as a professional in Miami.
That distinction belongs to Jay Fiedler, who played for the Dolphins from 2000 to 2004.
But Lucas is the first to collect a major-league hit here.
Lucas was a Dartmouth freshman quarterback in 2000 when Fielder was starting to make his mark in South Florida.
But Lucas said he gave up on football after one season at Dartmouth and turned his attention to baseball.
“He was our knight in shining armor on the football team,” Lucas said of Fiedler, who was all-Ivy League at Dartmouth from 1991 to ’93. “I went there to play football, but I was only on the team my freshman year. Third string. Never got in a game. I got to make the road trips. Carried the clipboard. Had the hat on and the headset.”
Redmond has decided to pair veteran catcher Jeff Mathis with the Marlins’ young starters, Jacob Turner and Jose Fernandez.
“I like him catching a couple of our younger guys,” Redmond said. “I just think it’s more comforting for our younger pitchers — not that [ Rob] Brantly can’t do it. I thought it was really important [Friday night] for Turner, in his first start of the year to have a veteran guy back there to guide him through it. The same for Jose.”
Redmond said Brantly “is still going to do the majority of the catching.”
• Sunday: Marlins RHP Kevin Slowey (1-5, 3.59 ERA) vs. New York Mets RHP Matt Harvey (5-0, 1.85), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.
• Monday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (0-3, 3.22) at Philadelphia Phillies RHP Kyle Kendrick (5-3, 3.27), 7:05 p.m., Citizens Bank Park.
• Scouting report: Harvey is one of only three pitchers in the National League who is still undefeated after at least 10 starts, joining Arizona’s Patrick Corbin (8-0) and Cincinnati’s Mat Latos (5-0).
Harvey has the lowest opposing batting average (.172) and lowest WHIP (0.82) of any qualifying pitcher in the majors.