WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – With last night’s 4-2 loss, the Nats have dropped three straight, and two in a row to the Phillies, allowing themselves to fall two games below .500 and basically into a tie for second with Philly, both sitting 7 games back from Atlanta in the NL East.
“We need to beat these guys,” Davey Johnson told the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan.
“This is a good hitters ballpark and guys get pumped up, and these guys like to beat us maybe as much as we like to beat them,” Johnson said Wednesday. “But I hate to lose in this ballpark boy. I hate to lose to Philly. They’ve always been a great team, but we’re a better team.”
The Nats offensive woes have been consistent all season, with their .232 team batting average and .291 on-base percentage being the 3rd worst and 2nd worst in the Major Leagues, respectively, something Davey credits to an entire lineup over-analyzing itself.
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“I think guys look at sequences – in, out, in and out – and they start guessing instead of going up there and looking for something hard and swinging the bat,” Johnson said.
Davey says the entire roster, save for Ian Desmond, are actually trying to make in-game adjustments by watching their swing using technology that’s available to the team.
“With all this high-tech stuff, videos and all that stuff, I’ve got guys, regulars, even during the game go in and look at the video,” Johnson said.
“Is that too much?” EB of the Junkies asked.
“Yea I think that’s way too much,” Davey answered. “You can’t think about it too much. Just keep it simple boys.”
Davey also answered questions about Ryan Zimmerman, and the probability of Harper returning before July.
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