Anthony Rendon played in eight straight games after coming off a 19-game DL stint, going 7 for 29 (.241/.371/.517) with two doubles, two home runs, six walks, and six Ks before he got a day off in Sunday night’s finale in Phoenix, Arizona’s Chase Field.
Rendon has hit in 17 of the 22 games he’s played this season, and reached base in 20 of 22, putting up a .271/.361/.447 line, six doubles, three homers, 12 walks, and 14 Ks overall so far in 2018.
Giving him a day on Sunday, Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez noted, would give Rendon two days off before the start of tonight’s series opener with the visiting New York Yankees with no game on Monday.
“I called him this morning and gave him the heads-up,” Martinez explained, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. “I asked him his thoughts, and he said: ‘Yeah, I could use a day.’”
It also gave the manager the opportunity to get Mark Reynolds into the lineup and see how things looked with Reynolds and Matt Adams’ bats both in there.
“I’m really curious to see how it looks with both of them in the lineup,” Martinez said. “It’s kind of nice to get a little length in the lineup.”
Adams, who went into the finale in Chase Field 18 for 54 (.333 AVG) with two doubles, eight homers, 21 RBIs, eight walks, and 14 runs scored over the previous 16 games, went 1 for 4 in what ended up a 6-4 win.
Reynolds, in his Nationals debut, went 3 for 4 with two home runs, including a two-run blast in the eighth that put Washington up 6-4 after the Diamondbacks rallied to tie things up in a three-run seventh.
Quite a first impression. Did it earn him a second consecutive start? Is Rendon back in there for the opener with the Yankees? Will Adams, who cooled some after homering twice in the first game of the recently-completed road trip, going 3 for 20 with two doubles over the last six, heat back up in D.C., where he was 11 for 29 with five HRs during the last homestand?
The answers to those questions? Yes. Yes. And we’ll see.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE OPENER WITH THE YANKEES:
Here's how we're lining up for our first game back in DC. pic.twitter.com/4CkHibK87t— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) May 15, 2018