Washington Nationals’ lineup for 3rd of 4 with Miami Marlins

With losses in every of the primary two video games with the Miami Marlins on this long-weekend, four-game, vacation collection, Washington’s Nationals are 1-10 in opposition to their NL East rivals in 2022. It’s not significantly better in opposition to Atlanta (2-4), New York (2-8), or Philadelphia (1-4), however they’ve seen the Fish extra typically by means of three months-plus and have been dominated by the 35-40 membership thus far.

“We simply received — we scored three runs the final two video games in opposition to them,” Davey Martinez stated in his put up recreation press convention following Saturday’s 5-3 loss. “We simply received to proceed — I believe we received to be extra aggressive with our swings. And get the balls — we’re a very good fastball hitting workforce. I believe this workforce has thrown loads of breaking balls in opposition to us, however we’ve to be able to hit the fastballs, and leap on the fastballs, and never sit and wait till we get to 2 strikes. We received to be extra aggressive. That’s how we rating runs. I do know I began pinch hitting these guys in opposition to [reliever Anthony] Bass, they got here out and so they began leaping on the fastball and we began hitting the ball and received one thing going, however I believe we have to do this all through the sport, let’s be aggressive and never so passive. I do know their pitching has been fairly good, however when the pitching is sweet like that, you may’t sit again and wait and attempt to suppose you’re going to hit with two strikes and get hits. We simply received to be prepared and swing the bat.”

If you happen to’re on the lookout for positives on the offensive finish, Juan Soto began the second of 4 with the Marlins in D.C. with a seven-game hit streak going, over which he was 10 for 39 (.256/.431/.436) with 4 doubles, a house run, 12 walks, and 7 strikeouts in 51 plate appearances.

He prolonged the streak with an reverse discipline dwelling run off Marlins’ starter Daniel Castano within the backside of the sixth, a 364-foot blast.

“I beloved it,” Martinez informed reporters. “It was good. He stayed on the ball effectively, and received the ball within the air. I do know the second at-bat he struck out, however he had a pair good swings, and nonetheless stayed behind the again ball, which is very nice. When he begins doing that good issues are going to come back.”

Will Soto prolong the streak? Will the Nationals keep away from a 3rd straight loss to the Marlins within the collection and a fourth straight loss total?