Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo supplied his ideas on the early returns by means of the primary six video games when he spoke with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies upfront of the collection finale with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday afternoon, discussing the great and the dangerous from their first week of the 2022 marketing campaign.
Rizzo mentioned he noticed some constructive indicators from the offense, with Josh Bell hitting in all seven of the video games earlier than Thursday evening, Nelson Cruz hitting behind Juan Soto, and displaying indicators of getting issues going, and Juan Soto 7 for 25 with 5 walks within the first seven video games of his fifth massive league marketing campaign.
Rizzo and Co. within the Nationals’ entrance workplace thought moving into that the lineup would put runs on the board.
“I believe that after we — circle again to final season, even after the commerce deadline, we scored loads of runs to win video games,” Rizzo defined, “so we felt that, offensively, if that lineup was clicking like we thought it will that we might rating loads of runs.
“Josh Bell had a tough begin final yr, however should you keep in mind, he dominated in Spring Coaching, after which received COVID and was out for 2 weeks, in order that was a troublesome begin for him, however he’s a consummate man who can drive in runs, and he’s complement to hit in that bunch in the midst of the lineup, and I believe with [Nelson] Cruz in there it lengthens the lineup, and I believe that if and after we get the underside of the lineup progressing and including to the on-base proportion and that kind of factor you’ll actually see this offense take off.”
Although they dropped 3 of 4 within the season-opening collection with the New York Mets, the Nats beat the defending World Collection champs in 2 of three video games in Atlanta, and had a contented flight to Pittsburgh for the beginning of the four-game set with the Pirates which started with final evening’s 9-4 loss in PNC Park.
“You go in Atlanta and also you win 2 out of three, yeah, you do get on the bus and the aircraft, you understand, heading to the brand new metropolis with some sort of enthusiasm and momentum, however then right here we’re immediately taking part in one other recreation towards the Pirates which we now have to be prepared for. I watched a number of stuff final evening on the Pirates, and so they’ve received superb younger gamers, they’re an excellent group, pitching is stable, so we received to play baseball, constant baseball like we’ve been taking part in.”
The Nationals’ offense put three runs up early in final evening’s recreation, however the Pirates scored a run within the backside of the primary, 4 within the third, and added 4 extra alongside the way in which to a win.
Will the Nats even issues up tonight?