Anthony Rendon’s hot-hitting June continues

Anthony Rendon. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

Anthony Rendon was one of the Nationals’ best hitters in April, posting a .316/.352/.544 slash line along with four home runs and 20 RBI. Then in May, Rendon slumped, hitting .212/.292/.323 with two home runs and seven RBI.

With every game in June, Rendon has pushed further from his tepid second month of the season. After a 3 for 4 game that included a decisive RBI triple in the eighth inning of Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, Rendon is hitting .315/.382/.587 in 23 games in June. He has smashed six home runs — including two critical game-tying shots — and driven in 18 RBI.

While the offense has been up and down around him, Rendon is back to being a consistent force this month. On the season, he is hitting .282 with a .826 OPS. Batting primarily from the two-hole in the lineup, Rendon is on pace for 24 home runs, 102 runs scored and 90 RBI.

He is 24, only in his second major league season and perhaps a darkhorse candidate for all-star game consideration as a bench player if he continuing his hot-hitting.

In the eighth inning of Saturday’s first game, Rendon’s skills were on display. With Denard Span on first and one out in the first inning, Rendon faced right-handed reliever Justin Grimm. He got a 92 mph fastball down the middle of the plate, waited and sliced it to right-center field. He raced around the bases, the ball one-hopped the wall and he slid safely into third base head-first. The run gave the Nationals a two-run lead.

“Just trying to put the barrel on the ball,” he said. “Don’t change my approach whatsoever, no matter what the situation is.”

Also on Nationals Journal

Nationals-Cubs discussion thread: Game 81