Davey Martinez is working with what he has this season, with the lineup banged up, some opt outs, and some injuries depleting his roster, and in recent weeks some power missing, so the third-year skipper has to try to put points on the board however he can.
With just one home run in the last five games, the Nationals have had to do whatever they can to generate runs.
“We’re just trying to be creative to score runs, bunting, doing some hit and running, stealing bases, and it’s part of the game,” Martinez said after Tuesday’s win over the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I told these guys just be ready for anything, you never know. We’ve got to score, we’ve got to try to score first.
“It’s amazing what happens when our starting pitching goes out there and gives us five-plus, six innings, things change. These guys have played well the last couple days.
“We played well a couple days in Atlanta as well.”
Martinez’s club got solid starts from Max Scherzer (7.0 scoreless) and Aníbal Sánchez (5+ IP, 3 ER) in the series against the Rays and the club manufactured enough offense to beat the AL leaders in back-to-back games.
“I’m proud of them. I’ve said this before, they don’t quit, they’re going to play hard every day, so we’ll see what happens, we’ve got a day off tomorrow, which is well-needed, and we’ll come back and do it again Thursday,” Martinez said.
Scoring all the runs they did with just one home run since Friday, may not be a bad thing in the end.
“That’s a good sign,” Juan Soto said, after he returned to go 1 for 2 with two walks in the 2nd of 2 with the Rays on Tuesday. “We’re scoring runs without homers, so when the homers are coming we’re going to score more. We’re going to be fine, we’re going to keep fighting, and keep playing good baseball.”
After splitting their four-game series with the Atlanta Braves in Truist Park last weekend, it’s four more with their NL East rivals in D.C. starting tonight (weather permitting).