The Nationals offense gone cold
Stephen Strasburg on the mound leads to a lot of strikeouts, and so lately does the Nationals offense at the plate. In their four-game losing streak, the Nationals have struck out 40 times and walked just five times, two of those intentional.
"The zone has been tough at times," hitting coach Rick Eckstein said. "Without getting into specifics, you try to understand the strike zone as you're conducting your at-bat, sometimes that fluctuates. No excuses. We have to do a better job."
The Nationals have managed 11 runs in the four games while batting .199. Since the Nationals hit 20-15 on May 14, their high-water mark, they have gone 11-22. In that span, the Nationals have scored four runs per game while batting .254 with a .700 OPS.
Eckstein believes the Nationals have been victims of hard-hit balls at defenders and that he does not think the offense has started to place undue pressure on itself. He also said they have to find a way to start producing.
"That's the nature of the beast," Eckstein said. "We just got to keep hitting ball and eventually we'll find the holes and get going again. It's been a tough stretch.
"Anytime you go into a tough stretch, you can use all the adjectives you want to use. It's just a tough stretch. It's one of those things where we haven't been getting the key hit. Just really haven't offensively put together what we're capable of doing. Guys are working hard and putting themselves in position to be successful. We just need to start being successful."
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