After getting off to a 4-0 start, the Washington Nationals are 2-7 in their last nine, with back-to-back losses going into tonight’s game against the Colorado Rockies in Nationals Park.
Through 13 games, a small sample size, of course, the Nats’ offense has a .233 AVG (9th in the NL), a .335 OBP (4th), and a .393 SLG (9th).
Their Batting Average on Balls in Play (BABIP), is the National League’s second-lowest (.272), their 55 runs scored are good for 8th in the Senior Circuit, their 16 home runs are the fourth most among NL teams, and their 102 wRC+ thus far are the sixth highest.
They’ve averaged 2.88 runs per game over the last nine, while surrendering 5.33, and are 5.0 games out in the NL East (again very early in the season), but first-time skipper Davey Martinez isn’t panicking.
“There are a couple guys struggling — but for the most part I’m seeing some pretty good at bats,” Martinez said after the Nationals’ 5-1 loss to the Rockies in the series opener in D.C. on Thursday.
“We’re taking our walks,” he added.
“[Ryan Zimmerman] hit a couple balls hard again today, so you know, those things are — I always say, hitting comes and goes, it’s part of it, but we’ve got to continue to do the little things, play defense, run the bases hard, pitch.”
Is there a simple solution for the offensive woes? Some sign he sees that things are starting to turn around for his club?
“Perfect example,” Martinez said. “Michael [A. Taylor] made an adjustment his last at bat, hit the ball to right field, line drive, beautiful. They’re going to make adjustments. And the biggest thing for them is — take your walks, take what they give us and we’ll get out of it.
“I mean, we’ve got a good-hitting team, so we’ve just got to stay aggressive and work our way out of it.”
“It seems like we’re always one hit away from really turning this thing around, so we’ve just got to keep grinding. That one hit is going to come, those couple hits will come, we’ve just got to keep grinding.”
The grind continues tonight in the second of four with the Rockies. Tanner Roark is on the mound in the nation’s capital at 7:05 PM EDT.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 2ND OF 4 IN WASHINGTON, D.C.:
Here's how we're lining up tonight.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 13, 2018
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