Washington’s Nationals have hit into an MLB-leading 88 doubles performs in 86 video games this yr, and the shortcoming to keep away from them, together with the membership’s struggles driving in runners got here up in supervisor Davey Martinez’s put up recreation press convention on Sunday, after they have been doubled up twice and went 2 for 12 with runners in scoring place, in a 4-3 further innings loss to the Atlanta Braves.
“We’re hitting into a variety of double performs,” Martinez mentioned, “…we obtained to begin getting the ball up within the air in conditions, we obtained to begin driving in runs with guys on third base with lower than two outs, that’s a giant a part of the sport.”
Martinez’s membership has had the seventh-most plate appearances with runners on third and fewer than two outs this season, they usually’ve scored the runners 83 occasions (46.6%), which is the fifth-lowest share amongst MLB’s 30 groups.
It’s one thing they’ve talked about all season, and can proceed to, Martinez mentioned, and he mentioned the membership’s struggles in massive, or higher-leverage, conditions in his pregame press convention earlier than final evening’s recreation was postponed by rain within the nation’s capital.
How does he get the Nationals’ hitters to carry out in these conditions, and never put extra stress on themselves to supply the place they’ve did not typically this season. He advised it’s typically a team-first, selfless method to these at-bats that’s mandatory.
“Yeah, you realize, for me, one is the flexibility for them to go on the market and do what they do,” he mentioned, “two is like, there’s a factor, and we speak about this on a regular basis: As much as a sure level you’re up there and also you’re hitting, now rapidly one thing comes awry the place you think about it as a group at-bat. Getting guys over, getting guys in from third base with lower than two outs. These are massive group at-bats, so for me it’s about educating them that a part of the sport. Like, ‘Hey, this isn’t just for you, but it surely’s on your group. And we obtained to do the whole lot we will to both get the man over, get the man in from third base, so it’s nearly like, you don’t give your self up, however you’ve obtained to grasp the state of affairs within the recreation. So [Hitting Coach] Darnell [Coles], myself, Six [Assistant Hitting Coach Pat Roessler], we speak about it on a regular basis with these guys, and that’s one thing that we have to get higher at, extra the situational hitting a part of it. These guys put the ball in play, we’ve seen that. We’ve hit into double performs means an excessive amount of this yr, so we’ve obtained to grasp when a superb time is to get the ball up within the air and when it’s not.
“These are issues that I do know it’s powerful to do — we will speak about it, however when the sport comes, however you bought to begin on the lookout for sure pitches, you’ve obtained to know who you might be in these conditions, and get a pitch that you are able to do this stuff with.”
How will they do with runners in scoring place, and with their situational hitting, towards the Seattle Mariners this afternoon? They play the primary of two at 12:05 PM ET. Let’s see…