Going into Saturday’s sport in opposition to the San Francisco Giants in Oracle Park, Josh Bell, 29, and headed without cost company subsequent winter until he and the Washington Nationals agree on an extension earlier than the tip of the 2022 marketing campaign, had hit safely in 16 of the 21 video games he performed on this season, and put up a .357/.458/.514 line with 5 doubles, two house runs, and 12 walks vs 9 Ks 85 plate appearances into his second season in D.C.
Bell went 4 for six with a double within the Nats’ 14-4 win over the Giants in collection opener, and his supervisor, Davey Martinez, talked earlier than Saturday’s sport about he thought was behind their switch-hitting first baseman beginning so robust this season.
“He’s probably not attempting to do an excessive amount of,” Martinez defined. “He’s simply staying on the ball, attempting to make use of the center of the sector.
“What I like is his at-bats with runners in scoring place proper now. I imply, he’s simply attempting to place the ball in play and utilizing the entire subject, so he’s in a great spot, he’s in a very good place.
“The most important factor for us is to maintain him on the sector and maintain him wholesome proper now.”
Bell has handled knee and hamstring points over the previous couple of weeks, however he’s managed to remain within the lineup for a membership which wants him and his bat in the course of the lineup, and he’s working his means in direction of being 100%.
“He’s getting there,” Martinez mentioned. “Josh works actually onerous, not solely on the sector however off the sector. He’s — daily he’s in there, he’s received an important routine, so he’ll be 100% right here actually, actually quickly, however like I mentioned, he is aware of what he’s doing, he’s having that nice begin to a season, and like I mentioned, he’s simply attempting to go up there, see the ball, prepare early, and hit the ball onerous someplace, and he’s been doing that.”
Bell went 2 or 4 with a double in yesterday’s loss, leaving him with a .365/.460/.527 line in 89 PAs.
Will Bell and the Nats be capable of earn a collection win in San Francisco at this time?