Davey Martinez’s preliminary lineup for the collection opener in LA had Victor Robles batting ninth with Cèsar Hernàndez main off towards the Dodgers, however 50 minutes or so after the primary batting order was launched, the membership despatched out an up to date lineup with Robles main off for the second time this season.
In his earlier 15 video games earlier than final evening, Robles was on a pleasant run (.268/.318/.415 in 45 plate appearances), and someday between the primary and the second lineup Martinez determined to combine issues up, shifting his heart fielder to the highest of the lineup with Hernàndez at No. 2, Juan Soto at No. 3, Josh Bell No. 4, and Nelson Cruz behind him.
“He’s swinging the bat effectively,” Martinez mentioned of Robles. “You concentrate on what he does when he will get on base. I imply, he causes a bunch of havoc. So I talked to him right this moment, and I advised him, ‘I would like you to guide off, we’ll lead you off for some time,’ and see what he does. He’s carried out it within the minor leagues, he had good success with it, so I wished to see if we may jumpstart our offense by some means, get some form of vitality.”
He mentioned earlier than final evening’s sport it was a transfer he deliberate to stay with for some time.
“I’m going to guide him off for some time, so we’ll see.”
Robles led off in 29 video games final season, with a .198/.286/.293 line within the spot, however Martinez mentioned he thought the 25-year-old may deal with the position, although he did say he mentioned not altering something with the transfer.
“Our dialog was simply, ‘Don’t change something of what you’re doing proper now,’” the supervisor defined. “And he’s working actually onerous on his swing. He’s having some success proper now, and he’s working with [hitting coach Darnell Coles] day-after-day. I would like him to proceed to do this. Nothing adjustments, simply the actual fact he’s going to rise up there and play the sport, and I advised him precisely that. ‘Simply play the sport. If the sport dictates that you simply’ve bought to bunt, then you definately’ll bunt. In case you go up there and also you’ve bought to maneuver a man over, then you definately transfer a man over.’ However for me, it’s about attempting to get you on base and letting you be you. And attempt to steal bases for us, and do what you’ll be able to to assist us win video games.”
Martinez did, nonetheless, acknowledge that he was involved Robles may press and attempt to do an excessive amount of within the leadoff position.
“I at all times fear about that,” he mentioned with amusing, “… as a result of he’s that form of man. He’s that form of man that he — he simply performs with quite a lot of — when he’s on the market and he’s doing one thing, he performs with all that vitality and keenness. So like I mentioned, once I talked to him right this moment, it’s about controlling himself a little bit bit, however understanding the sport. So like I mentioned, we’ll see. If it goes effectively, he’s going to assist us. He’s going to rise up there, he’s bought these huge guys behind him that hit. Hopefully he’ll get on base, and these guys can drive him in.”
Robles went 1 for five with a run scored and a strikeout within the Nationals’ 4-1 win. He’s again up high for tonight’s sport.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 2ND OF 3 IN LA: