So what, if anything, will change now that the Washington Nationals have been eliminated from the NL East and Wild Card races?
“We’ve still got some guys playing for something, some milestones,” Davey Martinez said after Saturday’s win. “So we’ll keep an eye on that and we’ll try to get — [Victor] Robles is playing quite a bit. [Adam] Eaton wants to play, so I’ll try to get him in there, but we’ll make sure we try to get everybody in there if we can, but like I said, [Juan] Soto is playing for something, and I want to give a day off or two in the next week or so, but all of them want to play, they want to keep playing, so maybe give Anthony [Rendon] a day off here and there, but he wants to play as well, so we’ll see what happens.”
Rendon has a 30-game on-base streak going. Soto is in the running for the NL Rookie of the Year, though he’s got tough competition in Atlanta. Eaton is dealing with some issues (a stiff knee), so he’s been getting some time off, and Victor Robles is getting his opportunities and giving Nats fans another glimpse of the future.
Martinez’s squad has one more with the Mets today, three with the Miami Marlins, and three against the Colorado Rockies before it’s over until 2019, but the first-year skipper said that he’s been happy with the way the team is playing down the stretch in spite of the way it’s all ending.
“I’m proud of the guys and they’re not going to quit,” he said.
“We’re going to finish the season out and hopefully get five or six more wins, maybe seven, who knows, and we’ll go from there.”
The Nationals will try to earn a split of their four-game series with the Mets and then go from there.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE FINALE WITH THE METS:
#Nats vs #Mets 4 of 4: pic.twitter.com/9ABTLWxmQ8— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) September 23, 2018
NOTES: OMG, No Juan Soto? Who is Michael A. Taylor? Never heard of him. They’re totally not going to play this game, right?