Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on the Nats’ offense, deciding on catchers + more…

Runs Are Contagious, How About Pitching?:

Nationals’ hitters put up one run in three video games earlier than busting out with eight runs on 12 hits in Friday’s four-game losing-streak snapping 8-5 win, and Washington additionally acquired good pitching from Josiah Grey within the 2nd of 4 in Nice American Ball Park. We all the time hear it’s contagious when a workforce begins to hit, however what about pitching?

“Completely,” supervisor Davey Martinez informed reporters earlier than the third of 4 with Cincinnati’s Reds. “You realize, the factor is, on the subject of hitting and any workforce that’s struggling, you begin the sport and rapidly you end up attempting to return again once more. We did that yesterday, we did come again, but it surely was the innings after that with Josiah, the place he beared down and saved us within the recreation, gave the blokes some motivation. They went on the market they usually scored some extra runs for him when he went out and he just about shut the door down. In order that’s sort of what we want. And I inform the blokes, ‘Hey, we surrender a run or two the very first thing, there’s nonetheless a variety of baseball left. And we’ve acquired a adequate offense that we will inch our approach and are available again and find yourself profitable these video games. So don’t get down.’”

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With the losses piling up although, and the shortage of run help final week, it’s not all the time straightforward to remain constructive.

“It’s by no means been, ‘Straightforward!’” – John Locke on LOST

“However like I mentioned,” Martinez continued, “… when the wins aren’t there all time, it will get sort of irritating for them. However they gotta maintain taking part in. We discuss that. They usually do.

“They play laborious until the final inning, and that’s all you may ask.”

That and a few extra wins, fewer errors, much less sloppy play, and so forth.

Stevie Surprise Talked About Getting Too Excessive…

We all the time hear about not getting too excessive or too low too, however once you’re not profitable quite a bit, possibly getting too excessive once you do isn’t so unhealthy… or one thing.

We’ll let Davey Martinez take it from right here…

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“I need these guys to get a bit excessive, that sounds humorous, however I do. I need these guys to have that good feeling going into at present’s recreation and proceed doing what they did yesterday.”

Catching Corps:

Within the first three video games in Nice American Ball Park, Davey Martinez went with Keibert Ruiz, then Riley Adams, and Ruiz once more, which arrange Adams with Patrick Corbin probably within the collection finale at present, which, contemplating Corbin has a 3.56 ERA and .214/.287/.350 line towards in 5 begins and 30 13 IP with Adams, versus his brutal-ish 11.25 ERA and a .414/.477/.603 line towards in six begins and 24 IP with Ruiz, would appear to make sense, however … not so quick.

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“I’m attempting to get each of them in there, you understand,” Martinez mentioned when requested about his personal decision-making on the catching nowadays early on Saturday afternoon.

“Hey, it’s an extended season, and as we progress and the summer season comes it’s going to get scorching,” the supervisor mentioned, “however I need each of them — they each are younger stud catchers. I need them each to get some taking part in time. Keibert is clearly our principal catcher, so he’s again in there at present, he’ll in all probability play tomorrow as nicely, however I need to be certain I maintain Riley contemporary as nicely, and he’s completed an awesome job.”