"When I see these guys struggling, I always look them in the eye and say: 'I know you can do better. I know you can. Concentrate. Focus. Yes you can!' And I want them to believe they can, because it's easy to lose your faith."
Hitting coach Lenny Harris
The Next Three
|Tonight||8:10||at D-backs||Jason Bergmann
|Tomorrow||4:10||at D-backs||Shawn Hill
|Tuesday||7:10||vs. Cardinals||Odalis Pérez
BY THE NUMBERS
Batting average of Arizona starting P Micah Owings, a mark better than two-thirds of the Nationals' starting lineup
Nationals reliever Saúl Rivera appeared in 85 games last season. This year, the right-hander again ranks among major league leaders in appearances; most of them -- as a telling sign of Manny Acta's trust -- coincide with close ballgames. In his last three appearances, however, Rivera's ERA has risen from 3.99 to 4.64. "He's not making good pitches," Acta said.