Kie-BOOM! Not BUST!:
Carter Kieboom was just 2 for 10 in the three-game set with the Marlins in Miami, with both of his two hits in the series finale, but the Washington Nationals’ third baseman made solid contact with some pitches that didn’t fall in for hits. In the series finale, the 23-year-old got a single through the left side, and he doubled on a line drive to right-center in his third trip to the plate.
“He’s definitely building some confidence,” manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats’ 7-5 loss to the Fish. “He hit the ball good this series, all series long, so it was good to see him get a couple hits today. But he’s another one that’s getting himself ready on time and really squaring balls up, so it’s really good to see him creating good at bats.”
In 22 games this month, the Nationals’ 2016 1st Round pick is 21 for 77 (.273/.374/.468) with three doubles, four home runs, 10 walks, and 22 Ks in 91 plate appearances.
“I just feel like I’m in control in the batter’s box now,” Kieboom said earlier this month when he talked about getting more comfortable at the plate in his latest opportunity. “I feel like I’m giving myself a huge chance to succeed at this point, versus in the past I was scuffling and I wasn’t driving the baseball.”
Will Kieboom keep it up in New York’s Citi Field?
LATE NIGHT NATS:
Martinez talked before the third of three in loadDepot park about the scheduling of a 7:10 PM game on getaway day, before they had to fly to New York.
“Unfortunately I don’t make the schedule, that’s MLB’s decision, but we got to play,” he said.
“I’ll tell you this, depending on what time we get into New York, we might have a late start tomorrow. I’m sure we’re going to get in in the wee hours of the morning, but I tried to tell the guys let’s just focus on going 1-0 today, and worry about tomorrow tomorrow.”
Will an exhausted Nationals club have better luck than last time in Citi Field? The Mets took all three with their NL East rivals last time.