After playing three games in two days, taking two of three from the Philadelphia Phillies, and coming a blown save away from a series sweep, Dusty Baker and the Washington Nationals were tired.
Baker told reporters after Sunday’s series finale, that he was looking forward to the off day on Monday so he and his team could recuperate before the start of this week’s six-game road trip to Pittsburgh and Atlanta.
“It’s hard to even think about the road trip,” Baker said.
“We’re just thinking about going home, packing and getting some sleep. We’ll think about the road trip tonight or tomorrow. We’re just glad we won the series. It was a tough day today, real tough day.”
There were some positive signs as the homestand wrapped up, however.
Trea Turner homered twice over the weekend at the end of a rough stretch for the 23-year-old infielder, who went 4 for 37 (.108/.150/.270) with one walk and 13 Ks over the last nine games.
Turner hit his third and fourth home runs of the year in the three-game set with the Phillies, and Baker told him to keep it up and he would see positive results.
“He hit three balls on the nose, nothing to show for it the first couple balls,” Baker said.
“But like I told him, ‘Man, if you just keep hitting that ball the way you’re hitting it today, [you’re] going to get a lot of hits.’”
Michael A. Taylor collected hits in all four games of the rain-shortened homestand in D.C., which saw two games wiped out by rain, going 7 for 16, with two home runs and six Ks.
“His pitch selection is better,” Baker said.
“Not swinging at as many balls as he was in the dirt or up over his head. If you get them in the strike zone, then you’ve got a good chance of putting wood on the ball. That’s what I’m seeing.”
It wasn’t all good news though. Jayson Werth tweaked his groin during Saturday night’s game and sat out of both ends of the doubleheader on Sunday, though Baker said that Werth could return to the lineup after getting some rest.
“We’ve got a day off tomorrow,” Baker explained after the first of two on Sunday. “That will give him today and tomorrow and we’ll assess his physical being on Tuesday.”
Werth’s physical being apparently passed the test, because he’s back in tonight, though Daniel Murphy’s getting the night off.
Here’s the Nationals’ lineup for tonight’s game with the Pirates:
#Nats at #Pirates 1 of 3: Turner SS, Werth LF, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Rendon 3B, Wieters C, Taylor CF, Difo 2B, Strasburg RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) May 16, 2017