An 0 for 4 recreation within the second recreation of three for Washington in Arizona left Nationals’ second baseman César Hernández 8 for 63 (.127/.203/.175) in 18 video games and 69 plate appearances within the month of July, with three doubles, 5 walks, and 14 Okay’s over that stretch.
“For me, it’s preparing on time,” supervisor Davey Martinez stated in diagnosing what was behind Hernández’s struggles. “Staying on high of the baseball, and being early. He’s been late so much, and he’s been getting beneath the baseball, so we’re making an attempt to get him on time, making an attempt to get him to remain again, you already know, right here’s a man that we all know he’s hit a bunch of house runs final yr. He hasn’t hit any this yr, and I feel it’s getting it somewhat irritating for him, however I advised him, I stated, ‘Hey, look all you are able to do is attempt to hit the ball arduous and we’ll see what occurs from there.’”
Hernández went 4 for 14 with a double, three walks, and three Ks over the ultimate 4 video games and 19 PAs on the journey, wrapping it up with a 1 for 3 recreation wherein he hit his twenty first double of the season, and took a stroll.
“He obtained again early at the moment, somewhat earlier, however he stayed behind the balls so much higher, he wasn’t leaping up there,” Martinez advised reporters after the finale with the Dodgers.
“So like I stated, he obtained set early, noticed the ball deep, and hit the ball, tried to remain in the course of the sector, and was nice.”
Juan Soto went into the All-Star Break on a pleasant run, going 18 for 44 (.409/.567/.864) with two doubles, six house runs, 16 walks, and 4 Ks in 15 video games and 60 PAs, however within the first highway journey of the second half, the 23-year-old slugger was 3 for 21 (.143/.333/.238) with one triple, 5 walks, and 7 Ks in six video games and 27 PAs in Arizona and LA.
After all, Soto’s had so much on his plate, particularly because the report leaked he turned down a 15-year/$440M extension supply, and he spent the ultimate weekend of the “first half” and his All-Star expertise in Los Angeles answering questions on his future and the rumors he’s available on the market now, and could possibly be traded earlier than August 2nd’s commerce deadline.
“Yeah, we obtained to get him going once more,” Martinez stated after Soto went 0 for 3 with stroll and two Ks within the finale in Dodger Stadium.
“It’s been a tricky 10-12 days for him,” his supervisor added. “So, we return house although now, he will get a break day to relaxation, regroup, after which we’ll come again. Like I’ve stated earlier than, I don’t actually fear about Juan. Juan is an efficient hitter, he simply missed a pair balls the final couple days, the strikeouts, we don’t see him do that always, however I feel he’s simply chasing somewhat bit, so we’ll get him again on monitor Friday.”
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE SERIES OPENER WITH THE CARDS: