"He's going to accidentally bump into some, and he's got some power still," Matheny said. "But when he does that, his swing falls apart. He needs to work the count. I knew his approach would become more consistent."
There's nothing at all wrong with Furcal's swing through the first four games. After a rough spring in which he hit .192, Furcal is 10-for-23 (.435) with three doubles, two stolen bases, three runs scored and three RBIs.
Furcal became the first Cardinals player to have back-to-back three-hit games to begin the season since Tony Scott in 1979.
"It's fun to watch the ball go over the fence, but it's a trap that a lot of guys at the top of the order fall into," Matheny said. "You see guys' careers go in a direction they didn't want because they [fell] into that trap."