With the season on the line, Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker is reverting to the old lineup for their NLDS Game 4 matchup against the Chicago Cubs.
The lineup will have Jayson Werth batting second after he spent the first three games of the series hitting sixth. Werth sports a .245 batting average with five home runs, 14 RBI and 20 walks in 124 at bats. Werth put up a .185 batting average in 92 at bats in the sixth spot this season.
Rendon will be batting sixth tonight, while Zimmerman will be batting fourth instead of Daniel Murphy, who slides to the fifth spot in the order.
Harper is back hitting third, where he held a .330 batting average and belted 28 home runs.
Baker hopes this lineup will bring some the offensive magic they had during their 97-win season. The Nationals have been struggling to find that offensive surge as they starting lineup has a combined 11 hits in three games.
Turner: 0/12, 5k's— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) October 10, 2017
Harper: 2/12, 5k's
Rendon: 1/10, 1k
Murphy: 1/11, 3k
Zimmerman: 3/12, 1K
Werth: 1/10, 1k
Weiters: 0/8, 3k
Taylor: 2/8, 1k
Turner will get another chance at the leadoff position despite his struggles. If he gets on base, Turner can cause problems for the Cubs as he stole four bases against Cubs’ starter Jake Arrieta back in June.
“What is he now, 0 for 7, 0 for 8? That’s not even what you call a mini-slump,” Baker asked after the 6-3 victory over the Cubs in game two.
“You pay more attention now during the postseason here, and so probably the person that’s most worried is Trea because the rest of us aren’t worried.”
The Nationals will need Turner and the rest of the team to come alive offensively if they want to force a Game 5 with the Cubs...