Anthony Rendon got a day off in the series finale of the four-game set with the Miami Marlins, though he did come on late as a pinch hitter, flying out to the track in deep left in Nationals Park.
Rendon went 0 for 11 overall in three-plus games against the Fish, leaving him with a .300/.406/.553 line, 26 doubles, 21 HRs, 62 walks, and 60 Ks in 431 plate appearances oon the season.
“Anthony needs a blow,” Dusty Baker told reporters last Wednesday. “I can tell he’s been sick for the last week or so.
“I told Anthony he was off tomorrow, and you know how he responds after a day off.”
Rendon’s 8 for 25 (.320 AVG) when he comes back from a day off this season.
In nine games this month, the 27-year-old infielder is 2 for 25 with two doubles, three walks and five Ks in 32 PAs.
So far in the second half, however, Rendon is 21 for 74 (.284/.402/.554) with five doubles, five homers, 14 walks, and 13 Ks in 92 PAs.
Rendon was penciled in the lineup for last night’s game against the San Francisco Giants, that was postponed, and he’s back in there batting sixth tonight as they, hopefully, start the series, weather permitting.
Yes, there is rain in the forecast again... and the Giants have to be in Miami on Monday, so there could be some issues if the weather is a factor again tonight, so buckle in.
Rendon starts the night tonight second in the National League in fWAR (5.1), behind only Arizona D-Backs’ first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (5.2), and fourth overall in the majors, behind Goldschmidt, Houston Astros’ infielder Jose Altuve (5.9) and the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge (6.0).
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP VS THE GIANTS TONIGHT IN D.C.:
#Nats vs #Giants 1 of 3 in D.C.: Goodwin CF, Difo SS, Harper RF, Zimmerman 1B, Murphy 2B, Rendon 3B, Lind LF, Wieters C, Jackson RHP— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) August 12, 2017