Andrew Stevenson got the start in center this afternoon, in the first game of two with the Miami Marlins in today’s doubleheader, but Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez said he just wanted to give Victor Robles a break and get a look at Stevenson in center field.
“[Robles will] definitely be available the first game and he’ll play the second game, just giving him a little break,” Martinez explained.
“I kind of want to see [Stevenson] play center field. We’ve got the lefty in the second game, so I thought he’d be good playing the first game, so I want to see if he can play center field.”
Martinez also had Yan Gomes behind the plate catching Max Scherzer for the first time this season, though he didn’t seem too concerned about their chemistry.
“[Gomes] caught him in Game 7 of the World Series, so I mean, they work pretty good together,” the manager joked.
“I talked to Max about it, he was for it,” Martinez added.
“I talked to Yan about and he wanted to do it, and I talked to Suzuki about it and he was good with it, so ... Suzuki will catch the second game.”
“I just want to change it up. I talked to Max and Yan before Max’s last outing. It’s all good.
“We’ve got a doubleheader today, so I’m going to let Gomes catch the first one, Suzuki catch the second one.”
Suzuki will be working with rookie lefty Ben Braymer, 26, who made his MLB debut out of the bullpen earlier this year, but had started in the majority of his outings in the minors in four seasons since he was drafted in the 18th Round in 2016.
What does the manager expect to get out of the lefty in the nightcap of today’s twin bill?
“He’s good for about 60-75 pitches, but we’ll keep an eye on him,” Martinez said.
“I want him to focus on just getting one out at a time and we’ll go from there.”