Since Saturday, the Nationals have played a doubleheader and two games in some wicked heat. They had early, optional batting practice today, but Davey Johnson expected the recent, grinding schedule would limit it to a couple players. “We had eight,” Johnson said. “So these guys, their makeup is off the charts. Everybody is trying everything they can to get right.”
Johnson actually said he sometimes prefers less work to more work. “I try to sit on that extra hitting,” Johnson said. “I’m allowing it right now. I’ve been known to call off workouts, call off hitting just to give them a break mentally. I think sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. I like the guys hungry to swing the bat.”
The Nationals, who have not scored more than five runs in a nine-inning game since June 21, will try to get their offense untracked against old friend Ramon Ortiz. Ross Detwiler will make his first start of the season.
As always, talk about the game right here.