Washington Nationals’ lineup for today’s series finale with the San Francisco Giants

Lane Thomas led off on Saturday, after he’d hit principally sixth or seventh within the Nationals’ lineup over the primary few weeks of the 2022 marketing campaign, and Washington skipper Davey Martinez moved César Hernández, who’d led off in every of the 16 video games he’d performed in early this season, to sixth.

“I simply wished to see if we may jumpstart Lane a little bit bit,” Martinez stated when requested concerning the strikes after the membership’s 5-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants. “[Thomas] did properly for us within the leadoff spot [in 2021], and in addition too after I talked to César final night time [we talked] about letting him loosen up a little bit bit and never attempting to place a lot strain on him attempting to get on base, and simply swing the bat. And he did properly at this time, they each did properly, so we’ll see what occurs tomorrow. I do know we obtained a right-handed pitcher towards us, I’m going to take a look at all the things tonight, after which decide how we’re going to do this tomorrow.”

Hernández’s 2 for 4 recreation left him 17 for 73 (.233/.263/.274) so fats this season. Thomas went 1 for 4 with an RBI within the loss, leaving him 9 for 46 (.196/.255/.261) on the 12 months.

Was the experiment on one-time factor, or a change Martinez will persist with for some time to attempt one thing new to spark Thomas, Hernández, and the lineup as an entire?

“We would try this,” he stated. “Look, Lane hits left-handed pitchers rather well, so it was good to get him up there towards the lefties and see if we will get two cracks at them, so I preferred it. He hit a pair balls arduous at this time so we’ll see what occurs transferring ahead.”

Thomas’s hit, on the prime of the order, was the one one for the Nationals’ first 4+ hitters.

Thomas, Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz, and Josh Bell (who was injured and changed by Lucius Fox early within the recreation) have been a mixed 1 for 15 within the loss. How do they flip it round?

“I believe we have to simply begin stress-free … keep up the center of the sphere. These guys are going to hit,” Martinez stated. “These guys have hit their entire profession, they’re going to hit, simply don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of, keep within the zone, and take your walks. I preach on a regular basis, ‘Hey, take your walks, get on base for the subsequent man. Don’t chase.’ So, however I obtained all the boldness on the earth that these guys will hit. If we proceed to do what we’re doing within the backside a part of our lineup, we’re getting on base, I like that, so it’s only a matter of time earlier than the entire lineup begins clicking, and we begin scoring runs once more.”

As for Bell’s damage?

“He’s obtained proper hamstring tightness, so we took him out,” the supervisor defined.

“He went to get an MRI and we’re ready for him to get again with the outcomes. I wished to be cautious. With the opposite leg, together with his knee.”

Bell will not be within the lineup at this time. Maikel Franco is getting the beginning at first…



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