Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 4 with the Colorado Rockies…

Josh Bell began final evening’s sequence opener with the Colorado Rockies in Washington, D.C., because the Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes, ranked tenth amongst NL hitters this season (with a .296 AVG), ranked ninth in OBP (.379), tenth in multi-hit video games (with 13 of them), and tied for eleventh in hits (with 47 on the 12 months).

Bell, nevertheless, after going 16 for 55 (.291/.371/.418) within the first 14 video games this month, took the sphere on Thursday evening in a little bit of a stoop, going simply 4 for 30 (.133/.182/.133) in his earlier eight video games, taking him from a .328/.418/.473 line on the 12 months right down to .296/.379/.415 after he’d prolonged a modest three-game hit streak within the sequence finale with the LA Dodgers.

Bell’s manger, Davey Martinez, informed reporters earlier than final evening’s sport that the switch-hitting slugger got here in for early work earlier than the primary of 4 with the Rockies.

“We introduced him out right now to hit early,” Martinez stated, “and we’re attempting to get him again on his again aspect a bit of bit higher. He began drifting and hitting off his entrance foot, which he’s so sturdy that he can get away with it, and one, he’s hitting much more line drives. We talked to him about staying behind the ball a bit of bit higher, and getting on his again aspect.

“At present, throughout batting apply he actually began driving the ball once more the way in which we used to observe him, however hopefully that can assist and one thing will set off, however he felt rather a lot higher right now, so hopefully he’ll get some extra balls within the air. We’re attempting to get him off the bottom. I like the truth that he was not chasing, you recognize, that’s superior, but additionally too we want him to hit, we want him to drive the ball, so we did work with him right now.”

Bell had extra walks than Okay’s via his first 40 video games this season, earlier than he struck out 3 times within the earlier 4 earlier than the opener with the Rockies, leaving him with 19 walks versus 21 Ks in 148 PAs general this season.

The struggles in current weeks, Martinez stated, had been a timing problem greater than something.

“I feel it’s extra of a timing factor,” the fifth-year skipper stated. “The extra at-bats you get the extra — abruptly you attempt to do an excessive amount of, and it may trigger you to get on the market in your entrance foot, as a substitute of claiming, ‘Hey look, I received to let the ball journey, I received to hit the ball a bit of bit deeper,’ and that’s one thing that we talked to him about right now. Not attempting to do an excessive amount of, and one thing that he’s talked about, ‘I’m actually attempting …’ I stated, ‘Hey, much less is extra.’ Don’t attempt to be the man, simply be a man,’ and I stated, ‘The homers are going to return, however you possibly can’t power it.

“Simply get your self able to hit each pitch as onerous as you possibly can in the midst of the sphere, after which go from there.”

Bell’s 4 house runs via 44 video games this season had been three fewer than he hit in his first 40 video games in April/Could final 12 months in his first run with the Nationals following the commerce which introduced him over from the Pittsburgh Pirates on Christmas Eve 2020.

He simply missed hitting his fifth homer of the season when he doubled off the highest of the wall to the left of middle area and drove within the second of 4 runs the Nats scored within the home-half of the primary. Bell completed the the evening 1 for 3 with a run scored and two RBIs.

His supervisor stated he was undoubtedly in a position to keep again extra in his at-bats in what ended up a 7-3 win.

“Sure, completely,” Martinez stated, “he hit some balls onerous, left-handed, and he had a very good at-bat right-handed to drive in a run, which we talked rather a lot about simply staying in the midst of the sphere while you’ve received a man on third base and attempt to get the ball within the air and he did rather well at that.”