Victor Robles, in his final 9 video games earlier than this afternoon’s day half of a doubleheader with the Colorado Rockies in D.C., was 6 for 22 (.273/.360/.273), although all six hits have been singles, to go together with two walks, a hit-by-pitch, and 7 Ks in 26 plate appearances, and he’d put collectively a reasonably constant 30-game stretch as nicely, going 23 for 83 (.277/.337/.349) in 97 PAs over that stretch.
In these 30 video games, he’d hit six doubles, pushed in 12 runs, taken six walks, and reached base twice through HBP, whereas scoring 14 runs.
With that 30-game stretch, nevertheless, he was simply as much as .228/.295/.287 total on the season, with six doubles, seven walks, and 34 Ks in 118 PAs on the 12 months.
“We’re attempting to get him constant now, proper,” supervisor Davey Martinez informed reporters early this week.
“We felt we had him in a great spot on that one street journey,” Martinez added, pointing to a run in late April/early Could by which Robles went 10 for 27 (.370/.419/.444) in 9 video games performed for the 24-year-old outfielder in San Francisco, Colorado, and Anaheim.
“And now we’re attempting to get him again there. However he’s working diligently … we made some changes mechanically, attempting to get him to remain on the baseball and use the entire subject, and simply play the sport the best way we see match for him. He’s made some good bunts, he’s attempting to get on base, we received to get him to play constant protection, and run the bases appropriately.
“So, we received to recollect, he’s nonetheless actually younger, so we’re going to maintain working with him and hopefully he will get higher.”
Robles went 1 for 4 with a run scored within the Nationals’ win within the sequence opener with the Rockies on Thursday, and actually broke out within the first recreation of Saturday’s doubleheader, driving in two runs with a single the primary time up, singling to drive one other run in within the second, after which hitting a three-run dwelling run in his third journey to the plate.
The homer was Robles’s first of the season, and it traveled 377 ft to left and stayed simply contained in the foul pole. It was his first since August 4, 2021, really.
Successful-by-pitch made it 4 instances on base in 4 plate appearances by Robles, and his six RBIs have been a career-high for the Nationals’ outfielder.
“I do know he was ecstatic simply because he loves his workforce and he loves his teammates and he desires to contribute,” Martinez mentioned, after noting he was actually pleased for Robles after a 3 for 4 day total, on which he additionally stole his second base of the season.
“So, it was a giant day for him. I’m going to examine on him, he received walloped and he received stiff all through the sport, so I’ll see how he’s doing, however he did nicely, he did very well right now, and it’s simply him placing within the time, placing within the work with [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles] each day, and he’s swinging loads higher. We’re attempting to get him to not chase and keep within the zone. He did very well right now. He took some actually robust pitches, and he laid off them which is nice.”
Martinez’s religion in Robles has by no means wavered, no less than not primarily based on his public statements, however he appeared honest when he mentioned he continues to have religion the middle fielder can be one thing particular in the long run.
“I really imagine in him and so does this group,” Martinez mentioned.
“He’s received unbelievable abilities, and we simply received to attempt to get it out of him, and simply — we’re going to stay with him. I’ve mentioned earlier than there’s going to be days the place I’ll give him slightly breather, however we wish him to be our on a regular basis middle fielder. That’s what we search for him to do and we’re going to work. So long as he places the work in and we really feel like he’s in, all-in, we’re going to proceed to work with him, proceed to push him slightly bit and see what we’ve received from him, however I believe he’s going to be an unbelievable participant. We all know what he can do defensively, we’re attempting to make him higher on the bases — once more he stole a base right now on a 2-2 rely, you understand, he’s been speaking to [First Base Coach Eric Young] about when he ought to run and when he shouldn’t run, however the psychological recreation for him is a lot extra essential, that if he begins getting that, I believe bodily he’s able to doing a number of various things.”
“Right now, he hit a house run off his entrance foot, principally nearly one-handed on a breaking ball which was within the zone and he stayed on that ball nicely,” Martinez continued.
“That solely goes to point out you ways sturdy he’s, and if we will proceed to get him to do this and never chase, I believe he’s going to be high-quality.
“Look, the child’s struggling, and he’s received 19 RBIs for us hitting on the backside, and that’s good, so we’re going to proceed to work with him each day and hopefully he will get higher.”
Robles went 1 for 4 on the plate within the nightcap of the doubleheader, however made an ill-advised and errant throw which led to considered one of three runs for the Rockies in a 3-2 win, and with a person on second and nobody out within the backside of the seventh, after the guests went up within the prime of the inning, he fouled off a two-strike bunt try (which he did on his personal) and gave his supervisor a number of teachable moments he mentioned he’s revisit with the outfielder.
“This can be conversations that now we have for tomorrow, and it’s attempting to show him,” Martinez mentioned.
“It’s not — that is one-on-one for him, we’re not scolding him, but it surely’s a instructing second, so he understands to perhaps subsequent time it occurs, he’ll do one thing completely different.”