Washington’s Nationals are 21-9 in their last 30 games. 21-9. 21. You get it. Don’t stop now, Nats.
As manager Davey Martinez said last night, his club is embracing his simplistic (in a good way) approach to the season: Go 1-0 every day.
“They all understand the ‘1-0’,” Martinez said, ‘what the ‘1-0’ means, and that’s what they want to do, is go 1-0 today.”
“[We’re] showing up to the ballpark ready to work and just taking it game-by-game,” Adams said.
“We’re not looking too far ahead and stuff like that. Guys are showing up, working hard, and going out there and having fun playing the game.”
Adams’ home runs in Miami were two of 32 the Nationals have hit over the last 16 games, good for the third-most homers in the National League over that stretch (behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers - 37; and Atlanta Braves - 40).
Adams’ blast last night tied things up at 4-4, and Victor Robles followed one batter later with a two-run home run that put the Nats up for good in what ended up an 8-5 win.
What changed for the Nationals against Marlins’ starter Sandy Alcantara in the sixth inning, after he’d given up just one run on two hits (one a home run by Juan Soto) over the first five innings?
“We stayed on the ball,” Martinez explained, “... got the ball up, and we were able to make good contact. When we go good, our hitting, we stay in the zone, and that’s the key for us, stay in the zone, stop chasing, and we did that that inning.”
And all the home runs they’re hitting over the past few weeks?
“Like I said,” Martinez continued, “we’re staying on the balls and we’re getting pitches in the strike zone to hit, and the key is to hit strikes.
“Don’t chase, work ahead in counts, and they’ve been doing that.”
Will Washington keep rolling and win a fourth straight tonight in the series opener in Detroit?