Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on Juan Soto at the plate; Keibert Ruiz and Josiah Gray + more…


Soto Slumping In Final 10:

Juan Soto’s .177/.333/.235 line during the last 10 video games (through which he’d hit 2 doubles, taken 8 walks, and struck out twice in 42 plate appearances) had price him 19 factors on his batting common, 14 on his OBP, and 60 on his SLG, leaving him with a .245/.381/.452 line over 189 plate appearances in 43 video games earlier than final night time’s matchup with the LA Dodgers.

Earlier than final night time’s recreation, Davey Martinez as soon as once more acknowledged he’s making a few of the strikes he’s made together with his lineup not too long ago with a watch on getting Soto again on monitor after he’s struggled to place up Soto-esque numbers over the primary two months of his fifth main league season.

As he defined when he moved Keibert Ruiz to the No. 2 spot within the lineup and dropped Soto down to 3rd over the weekend, he wished to get extra runners on in entrance of Soto, hoping it would spark one thing because the 23-year-old slugger has struggled on the plate in current weeks.

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“We’re making an attempt to get him actually going once more, and the opposite factor is possibly attempt to get Keibert, who’s been swinging the bat effectively, get him on base for [Soto] as effectively with [Ruiz] and César [Hernández] towards the right-hander [Walker Buehler] right this moment hitting in entrance of him. Attempt to get these two guys on base for him. So I attempt to clarify to those guys — after the primary inning it doesn’t matter in case you hit 1-2-or-3, you’re only a hitter.”

However whatever the conditions he comes as much as bat in, Martinez mentioned, he simply needs to see Soto placing collectively the kind of good at-bats he’s been recognized for early in his profession.

“Simply have good at-bats,” he mentioned, “and that’s one thing that we talked to Juan about, ‘Hey, simply go on the market and have good at-bats. That’s all we ask you to do. Don’t attempt to do an excessive amount of. The largest factor with him is typically he tries to do some an excessive amount of. Yesterday, I beloved the at-bat the place he simply stayed in, stayed up the center, and hit a bullet proper up the center. So, that’s who he’s, and every now and then he’ll get the ball within the air and hit it a good distance.

“However we would like him to grasp that’s a part of the method and a part of his job is to drive in runs, and that’s what he’s actually good at, so we would like him to get comfy doing that once more.”

And the transfer out of the No. 2 spot Soto hit in all season till this previous weekend, isn’t a everlasting transfer.

“We’ll transfer him up once more,” Martinez defined. “Like I mentioned, he’s had alternatives to drive in lots of runs for us, it simply hasn’t occurred but, however it would occur, I do know it would.”

Soto went 0 for 3 with two walks and an RBI groundout within the Nationals’ 9-4 loss final night time.

Grey & Ruiz vs LA:

Davey Martinez talked upfront of the collection opener with the Dodgers in Nationals Park about catcher Keibert Ruiz and starter Josiah Grey going up towards their former workforce for the primary time since they had been traded to the Nats ultimately July thirtieth’s commerce deadline.

He didn’t suppose both of them would press, or attempt to do an excessive amount of in an “I’ll present them what they traded” sense, although he acknowledged how each tried to do greater than obligatory of their first few weeks with their new workforce late final season.

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“Because the first month that we bought them the place I felt they had been placing slightly little bit of strain on themselves they’ve been actually good,” Martinez mentioned earlier than final night time’s recreation, “they usually’ve been getting higher each day, and like I mentioned the maturity stage from each of them — they’ve actually grown loads, so I don’t count on them to go on the market and play any totally different than what they’ve been doing. I do know the joy goes to be there, however they’re enthusiastic about taking part in anyone, however like I mentioned, they’re Nationals, and I do know each of them love being right here.”

With Grey beginning (it didn’t go effectively) and Ruiz behind the plate, the supervisor defined, Grey would have somebody to assist preserve him in test and management his feelings as he’s executed with the starter in earlier outings as effectively.

“Keibert did a terrific job — like I mentioned final outing — with him on a few of the high-leverage conditions,” Martinez mentioned, “stepping out behind dwelling plate and getting him to loosen up slightly bit, and deal with the subsequent pitch, so I count on Keibert to try this right this moment with him. They’ve been working nice collectively, they actually have, so I’m wanting ahead to watching these two guys compete right this moment.”

Grey threw 80 pitches in 3 IP, giving up 5 hits (three dwelling runs), three walks, and 7 runs, all earned. Ruiz went 2 for five with a run scored within the loss.

THE KIDS CALL HIM ZIM!!!:

Ryan Zimmerman made his debut (or a lone visitor look) within the MASN sales space for final night time’s recreation, however beforehand he made the rounds, visiting with the workforce in D.C. after the 2005 Nationals’ 1st Spherical decide formally retired on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign. He joked round a bit concerning the common DH giving him second ideas about retiring, however actually did an excellent job of providing perception, some evaluation, and private anecdotes from his time on the sphere with the Nationals.

Earlier than the sport, Davey Martinez talked about attending to see Zimmerman once more and speak to his former first baseman.

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“It was fairly good to speak to him. Talked to him about Josiah [Gray] and Keibert [Ruiz], them working collectively,” Martinez mentioned, “… a few of the positives of our youthful guys doing effectively, so he’s fairly enthusiastic about doing this right this moment, so it is going to be enjoyable to listen to him after the sport.”

Martinez, in fact, goes again and watches the video games each night time, so he’ll in all probability hearken to much more than he would possibly often to listen to what Zimmerman mentioned like these of us who had been tuning in principally for that cause. Sorry, 2022 Nats. However we would want extra friends up there within the sales space to maintain this fascinating…

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