Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Victor Robles running; Josh Bell power numbers + more…


Victor Robles Operating:

Amongst a number of areas of his sport which Victor Robles struggled with in ‘21 was his operating sport. Robles acquired thrown out in 6 of 14 stolen base makes an attempt whereas he was within the majors, so it’s in all probability not too shocking he hasn’t been operating a lot in any respect this yr.

In 2019, the then-22-year-old outfielder stole 28 in 37 makes an attempt, however as he’s had points with the bat in his arms over the previous few seasons, he’s slowed down the operating sport, with a complete of 13 stolen bases in 20 makes an attempt between 2020-22.

Robles made his first try, and stole his first base this season within the sequence opener with the Marlins in Miami on Monday.

We all know, we all know, you’re in all probability pondering, nicely he has to get on base to steal one, and sure, it’s true, however as Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez stated, when he does get on, he is among the gamers who has a inexperienced mild to run.

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“Yeah, I imply, and truthfully, he’s on his personal and relying on the conditions of the sport,” Martinez defined, “he’s good to go. So yesterday he really had a extremely good bounce, which was form of good. However yeah, when he will get on there, you understand, particularly if he’s on there early within the inning, if he has a chance to steal, we would like him to steal. But it surely’s as much as him. I by no means like placing the steal signal on as a result of typically guys will get quick-pitched, or they don’t get a bounce they usually really feel obligated to run, and I don’t need that to occur.”

Requested if he needed to see Robles run extra typically, Martinez stated sure, in the suitable conditions.

“Yeah, and the whole lot needs to be proper,” he defined. “Like I all the time say, if two out of three issues make sense, then, you understand … but when we’re behind, or we’re forward normally rather a lot, we don’t need him to run. However he, like I stated, I instructed him yesterday, ‘You had an awesome bounce, and I like while you’re aggressive, however you bought to be sensible.”

Robles singled within the high of the sixth final evening, with one out, however he acquired picked off first base by reliever Anthony Bender on an evening when the Nationals didn’t have many baserunners.

Cruz & Escobar Return:

Nelson Cruz felt sick earlier than the sequence opener in Miami, so the Nationals despatched the 41-year-old slugger again to the lodge to maintain him away from his teammates in case it was something actual severe, however the DH in D.C. returned to the lineup for final evening’s sport, and Alcides Escobar (finger), who missed a pair video games final week, and the primary of three with the Marlins, acquired in there as nicely.

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“[Cruz] stated he wasn’t feeling nicely yesterday, precautionary, I don’t need anyone else to get sick,” Martinez stated earlier than final evening’s sport.

“He wakened at present, he stated he felt advantageous. I watched him do his warmups, and he hit within the cage and appeared good, so he’s again in there.”

And Escobar, who had an an infection in a fingernail, which unfold to the knuckle?

“He’s feeling higher, we simply acquired to control his finger. It was fairly contaminated, however he stated felt rather a lot higher, so he’s going to go on the market and play at present.”

Bell’s Energy #s?:

Josh Bell began the second of three with the Fish with a nine-game hit streak going, over which he was 11 for 36 (.306/.359/.389) with a house run, two walks, and 5 Ks, which left him with a .333/.423/.481 line total this season, with seven doubles, 4 house runs, and 18 walks vs 17 Ks in 36 video games and 151 PAs.

Contemplating he had a .172/.239/.343 line, 5 doubles, 4 house runs, eight walks, and 30 Ks in 27 video games and 109 PAs at this level final season, after he began his first yr in D.C. at house on the COVID-IL, Bell and the Nats will take his manufacturing this season, however a reporter requested supervisor Davey Martinez if he’s involved in any respect that the switch-hitting slugger, who has a double and two house runs in 14 video games and 62 PAs this month, isn’t hitting for lots of energy proper now?

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“He hit a ball yesterday all of us thought was going to be a homer,” Martinez stated of a 360-foot flyout by Bell within the sequence opener, “however I simply need him to have good at-bats, like I stated. His chase charge is down, which is nice. As we get nearer to heat climate in summer season he’ll begin driving the balls, however he’s hitting some balls good, he actually is. He’s labored actually exhausting on not chasing. He feels just like the extra he can put the ball in play the higher he’s going to be, and it’s been that manner. He’s been getting his hits, the facility numbers will come.”

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