The Washington Nationals scored just one run in the last 27 innings in three straight losses, two of them to the Los Angeles Dodgers and one to the San Francisco Giants last night.
Nats' skipper Matt Williams was asked after the 3-1 loss in AT&T Park if it might be time for some changes to shake things up.
"We can make some changes, sure," he said.
"We want opportunity for our guys, we had some in the first inning, and that one base hit didn't happen.
"But nonetheless we have to stay aggressive throughout the game and if we're offered a fastball to hit, we need to take a pass at it."
Asked what particular changes he had in mind, Williams declined to share any specifics.
"You'll know when I make the lineup," he told reporters.
When it was released this afternoon, Jayson Werth, Anthony Rendon and Wilson Ramos were the ones who were given a day off in the second game of fourth with the Giants.
Werth (8 for 56, .143/.180/.250, 3 2B, 1 HR in 16 games) and Rendon (15 for 67, .224/.312/.313, 3 2B, 1 HR in 18 games) are still in the process of getting their timing back after returning from their respective DL stints.
Wilson Ramos, 11 for 69, .159/.192/.217, 1 2B, 1 HR in 19 games since the All-Star Break, has struggled offensively all season, with a .235/.265/.354 line, 13 doubles and nine home runs on the year.
Clint Robinson is in left field tonight. Danny Espinosa's getting the start at short. Jose Lobaton's behind the plate catching Max Scherzer.
Michael Taylor is leading off after batting eighth recently. Ryan Zimmerman's in the clean-up spot.
Will it make a difference? What other options did Williams have if he was looking to shake things up?
Here's the Nationals' lineup:
#Nats @ #SFGiants: Taylor CF, Escobar3B, Harper RF, Zim1B, Robinson LF, Desmond SS, Espinosa2B, Lobaton C, Scherzer P pic.twitter.com/8lHEaohC80— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 14, 2015