Game 15 discussion thread: Nationals vs. Rockies
As the season wears on, it's becoming more clear that the Nationals don't have a traditional everyday middle infield. Adam Kennedy, Cristian Guzman and Ian Desmond have basically split the time among those two spots. So far, Guzman and Desmond have 48 plate appearances each and Kennedy has 40.
"I'm going almost on a rotation, actually," Manager Jim Riggleman said. "I'm just trying to keep all of those guys playing a lot. Really, all three guys are playing so well that I'm not going to let any of them sit there for three days and want to play unless there's a reason to do it injury-wise or something. But they're just playing so good that I'm trying to keep them on there as much as I can. Just kind of every day I try to play with that, trying to stay two or three days ahead to see how I'm going to play those three people."
In spring training, Riggleman decided he wanted to try to give all three between 400 and 500 plate appearances. Two weeks, it's gone to plan, and he credited the players.
"It really has, but that has to do with the character of the people involved," Riggleman said. "Kennedy and Guzman are veteran players that, we all know there are some players in the game who would be knocking my door down complaining and so forth about me, me, me instead of the team. Both those guys totally understand that the situation I'm in. With three guys or two positions, they're smart enough to realize that if they were the manager, they'd be facing that same situation. So we're trying to make the best of it, and they are making the best of it. They're playing well. I think I said in spring training, in an ideal situation if there's 600 at-bats between those two positions, there would be somewhere between 400 and 500 for each of those guys. That's kind of the pace they're on. It would probably be unrealistic to think that's going to last all year like that, but I really appreciate the way they're going about it at this time."
Tonight, it's Guzman at short and Kennedy at second. Talk about the game -- John Lannan versus Jason Hammel -- right here.
April 21, 2010; 7:05 PM ET
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