Anthony Rendon’s 32-game on-base streak, which he extended with an RBI double in his first at bat last night (before he homered in his 3rd), has taken him from a .292/.350/.499 line on August 19th to a .308/.373/.529 line overall on the season.
Rendon has put up a .354/.439/.622 line over the course of the streak, with 13 of his career-high 42 doubles, seven of his 23 doubles, and 18 of his 80 walks in 2018 over that stretch.
Davey Martinez told reporters after last night’s game that what has stood from Washington’s third baseman’s impressive run (and season as a whole) has been his consistency and ability as an integral part of the Nationals’ lineup.
“For me he’s ‘Mr. Steady’,” Martinez explained. “Just his all-around game, defense, offense.”
“Here’s a guy that keeps our lineup together. Just imagine if he wasn’t hurt for six weeks, the numbers he could have put up this year, really. Everybody forgets about that, but he was down for a while and to put up the numbers he put up this year, it was pretty incredible.”
The first-year skipper also said that he believes Ryan Zimmerman’s contributions have been overlooked.
Zimmerman has put up a .298/.375/.548 line with 18 doubles, eight home runs, 20 walks, and 29 Ks in 50 games and 192 plate appearances since he returned from a stint on the Disabled List for an oblique issue.
“Zim comes back and he’s got some pretty good numbers as well, and he missed a lot of time,” Martinez said.
“We get these guys healthy and keep them healthy for 2019, it’s going to be pretty exciting.”
There are still five games to play in 2018, of course, starting with tonight’s matchup with the Marlins.