Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 1st of 3 with the Philadelphia Phillies

Washington Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked after the membership’s fourth straight loss to Miami and their fifth straight loss general in regards to the offense struggling to place up runs within the 3-2 loss on Monday and within the collection general.

“They pitched nicely,” he mentioned. “We had some alternatives to attain some runs. We had bases loaded, one out, and we couldn’t rating. It felt like we had the best guys up there to present us one other run, we simply didn’t swing the bats early in video games, and our offense obtained to get going. We gotta begin hitting the balls, we obtained to start out placing some runs on the board.”

The Nationals scored 12 runs in 4 video games, however got here up brief in 4 in a row. What did Marlins’ pitchers do to maintain Nats’ hitters in verify for a lot of the four-game set?

“They hold our hitters off-balance,” the fifth-year supervisor mentioned, “and it takes us some time to determine, ‘Hey, we obtained to get the ball up.’ We obtained to get the ball up, we’re a very good fastball-hitting group, however we have now to see the ball up, and early within the video games you can inform, we chased some balls, chased some balls down, obtained some floor balls, after which later within the sport we began getting the ball up and our at-bats get loads higher. So from the primary inning on, we obtained to get the ball up, we obtained to see fastballs, we obtained to remain on the fastballs, and make changes all through the at-bat, however for us, we have now to get the ball up.”

Up subsequent it’s three with the Philadelphia Phillies in Residents Financial institution Park, with their NL East rivals who took three of 4 of their first collection of the season final month.

Juan Soto tweaked his left calf within the third of 4 with Miami in D.C., and although he did pinch hit late within the collection finale, taking his sixth stroll in 4 video games, Martinez mentioned they’d have to attend and see if he’d be out there tonight.

“With him, it’s going to be day-to-day,” the supervisor mentioned. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. He mentioned he felt higher at the moment, after which we’ll see how he feels tomorrow, however the working goes to be the problem.”

Is Soto within the lineup? [ed. note – “He’s not.”] Let’s see…