Washington Nationals’ lineup for 1st of 4 with the Colorado Rockies

What, 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies requested GM Mike Rizzo on Wednesday morning, did he consider the tinkering Davey Martinez has performed with the Washington Nationals’ lineup in the previous few video games as he’s tried to spark one thing with the membership’s struggling offense?

Did he like Martinez shifting a 23-year-old catcher, Keibert Ruiz, into the 2-hole, the place 23-year-old Juan Soto had hit for the primary two months this season?

With Soto gradual to warmth up once more this season, did the transfer to 3rd for him make sense? Is Rizzo involved about Soto’s .241/.381/.443 line (8 doubles, 8 HRs, and 35 walks vs 27 Ks over 44 video games & 194 PAs earlier than Wednesday’s sport)?

“Effectively, you already know, once more, the factor I fear about least is Juan’s manufacturing on the plate, so I don’t take into consideration that too typically,” Rizzo mentioned, “however I do just like the lineup changes. I feel that’s at all times good, it brings slightly pleasure to the clubhouse and to the sport, and I feel that Ruiz is one in all our core group of fellows for this subsequent championship run, and he’s earned the suitable to maneuver up within the lineup.”

And Martinez tinkering attempting to spark one thing?

“This stuff aren’t put in cement, so Davey has the chance to tinker with them much more,” Rizzo mentioned, “however to me, the 2-hole is extra at-bats, and I’d prefer to see Keibert get extra at-bats all through the remainder of the season.

“He’s a man that places the bat on the ball, he’s the hardest man, or one of many hardest guys to strike out in all of baseball, so you already know there’s going to be contact, and when he will get on base, I feel he’s hitting .280-something, .285, one thing like that, [ed. note“.283 at the time.”] and I feel you’re going to see a man that’s going to take extra walks and get his hits and be in place for these center three guys to knock him in.”

The Nationals scored only one run within the collection finale with the Dodgers yesterday, but it surely was all of the membership wanted in a 1-0 win.

How will they do tonight?