Dusty Baker talked after last night’s loss about what he would like to see offensively from his team that might change their luck in Game 4 of the NLDS with the Chicago Cubs. Washington, as a team, is 11 for 91 so far in the Division Series (.121/.200/.231) with a double and three home runs.
“Well, you know, I mean, we are usually good at getting multiple hits, and we couldn't string together multiple hits,” Baker told reporters after the 2-1 loss to the Cubs.
“But you know, we know that it's right around the corner, and our back's against the wall, so we've got to get them tomorrow. We've got to get those hits, and hopefully they don't.”
Chicago is just 15 for 84 (.179/.274/.298) with four doubles and two home runs, and they’ve outscored the Nationals by just one run overall in the series, with the Cubs taking 3-0 and 2-1 decisions and the Nats winning Game 2, 6-3.
“It’s been a well-pitched, tightly-contested series thus far, but in the end it’s wins and losses that matter, of course, as Jayson Werth said last night.
“It doesn’t matter how you lose. If you lose or win lopsided or a close game, it doesn’t matter,” Werth said. “The next day you come out clean slate, so get some good dinner tonight, get some good rest... we’ll come back out and play baseball.”
Cubs’ skipper Joe Maddon credited starter Jose Quintana for matching Max Scherzer, and Chicago’s bullpen (Pedro Strop, Carl Edwards, Jr., and Wade Davis) who gave up three hits total, for getting the job done in Game 3.
“We got it done because our pitching was so good, quite frankly,” Maddon said.
“Their guy -- give Scherzer a lot of credit, man, to come off that injury like he did and pitch as well as he did, that's pretty phenomenal. That was phenomenal.
“And then our guy matched him, which we needed tonight. You had to match that great pitching performance with another one and we did. And then we got a couple knocks late to get the game in our favor. But that was really, really an exceptionally well-done performance by both pitchers.
“We made mistakes. We made some errors, but then we made some great plays. We made a couple baserunning gaffs. Part of it is possibly guys trying just a little bit too hard.
“But at the end of the day, you'll always take that effort, always.”
It’s not a lack of effort on the Nationals’ part, but thus far, the offense at least, isn’t getting results.
Will that change today? Will the Nats’ lineup? Apparently the names aren’t changing, but the order has. Baker has Anthony Rendon back at No. 6, with Werth at No. 2.