Today’s Nationals lineup, and why Jayson Werth could bat fifth

With his first National League lineup, Davey Johnson put a halt to the practice of hitting the starting pitcher eighth. Otherwise, the lineup he’ll send against Charlie Morton looks a lot like his first two out in Anaheim:

1. Roger Bernadina, CF

2. Jayson Werth, RF

3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B

4. Laynce Nix, RF

5. Michael Morse, 1B

6. Danny Espinosa, 2B

7. Wilson Ramos, C

8. Ian Desmond, SS

9. Tom Gorzelanny, SP

While Johnson has espoused lineup consistency, there is one compelling change he hopes to make: Werth, eventually, may move down to fifth in the lineup.

“Well, when I was in spring training, I really felt like Jayson would be a great five-hole hitter. He’s had some problems this year. I think hitting in the two hole is not going to hurt him right now. Get him going. He’s got a great hitter hitting behind him. Once I get him going, then … I think Ramos needs to get going a little bit. Ian Desmond. Everybody that’s kind of underachieving for me, once I get them going, then I’ll reevaluate the lineup. But right now I’m comfortable with the way the lineup is going.”

Adam Kilgore covers national sports for the Washington Post. Previously he served as the Post's Washington Nationals beat writer from 2010 to 2014.


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