Davey Martinez was excited to speak to 2 of the six gamers the Nationals acquired from the Padres within the Juan Soto/Josh Bell deadline deal earlier this week. Luke Voit and at present IL’d pitcher MacKenzie Gore met up with Washington in Philadelphia final night time prematurely of the Nationals’ collection opener with the Phillies in Residents Financial institution Park.
“It was superior,” he mentioned of assembly with the latest Nats. “I imply, simply gave them a little bit little bit of what we’re doing right here and what we’re making an attempt to do, and the way they each match actually properly with what we’re making an attempt to do. So it was a terrific dialog. They’re each superb younger gents. Each will help us in huge methods. So we’re excited. I do know I’m excited to place Luke within the lineup at this time, and excited that MacKenzie is right here, and he’s going to assist us sooner or later and he’s an enormous a part of our future as nicely.”
Gore, who went on the IL with irritation in his left elbow late final month, so when he’ll have the ability to contribute to the trigger is unclear, however Voit, the one veteran included within the huge deal on Tuesday, got here to play.
“I’m simply excited for a contemporary begin, know I’m going to be within the lineup each day, whether or not that’s first or DH, and simply go on the market and provides it my all,” the 31-year-old, six-year veteran mentioned.
Voit came visiting from the Padres with a .225/.317/.416 line, 18 doubles, and 13 house runs in 82 video games and 344 plate appearances on the season. When he’s going nicely on the plate, he mentioned, he’s within the zone, actually although, as in within the strike zone.
“Simply, truthfully, not chasing,” Voit mentioned. “Swinging at pitches within the zone and doing harm on it. During the last like 3-4 weeks I’ve made some changes, and I’ve been hitting the ball quite a bit more durable, my swing and miss charge has been down, and been having actually good at-bats, so I’m excited to proceed that into these subsequent two months.”
Voit singled off Noah Syndergaard and drove in a run in his first at-bat with the Nats, after which singled off the appropriate area fence and scored the third time up.
“He’s knowledgeable hitter,” Martinez mentioned after a rain-shortened, 5-4 loss. “He drove within the first run for us, which was superior, after which he comes up, and Syndergaard was throwing breaking balls, and he made an adjustment and hit the ball off the wall to proper area. We knew that about him, like I mentioned, he’s an enormous bat for us, he had a terrific first day.”
“It was enjoyable tonight,” Voit informed reporters after his debut with the Nats, as quoted by MASN’s Bobby Blanco. “Clearly it sucks we misplaced, however all the fellows look like they’re having a bunch of enjoyable, and I simply need to be part of it.
“I had enjoyable tonight, the coaches have been nice to me and everybody was fairly cool. So I loved it.”
Voit and his new teammates are again at it once more tonight…
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE 2ND OF 4 WITH THE PHILLIES: