WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — With the Washington Nationals two games under .500 (25-27) and finding themselves in third place in the National League East, first baseman Adam LaRoche says there are times he’s reminded of the 2012 Nationals team which won the division and made the playoffs, and others when it feels like 2013, when they did neither, all over again.
LaRoche, speaking with 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on Friday, was asked what’s different about this year’s version of the club from last year’s, which missed the playoffs. In his response, LaRoche was shockingly candid.
“You know guys, honestly that changes every few days,” LaRoche replied. “I don’t know.”
“There’s times when we feel like it resembles 2012, when we did have some injuries early on and we had young guys come step up and keep us in there until guys got back, and we ended up winning 98 games and found ourselves in the playoffs,” he said. “And then other days where we’re saying, ‘Hey, it’s gonna come, it’s gonna be there, keep doing what we’re doing.’ Well, that’s kind of what we were saying last year. We kept saying last year, ‘Hey, the offense is gonna come around, everything’s gonna click,’ and it never really did until it was too late.
“There is, I don’t want to say an urgency, but there’s always a fear there that, hey, at some point it’s too late. And I don’t think we’re anywhere near that mark, but we just have way too good of a team to go out and get beat in some of these close games.
“You looked up and we’re getting three or four hits in a ballgame, and we’re better than that. And I think everybody knows it, we know it. It gets frustrating. That turns into guys probably pressing and trying too hard. You get guys hurt, especially some key guys in the lineup and other guys maybe trying to do a little too much. It’s all out of people caring and guys wanting to win, but it can be tough to play that way.”
Through 52 games, the Nationals have won 6-of-11 games decided by 1 run, and have lost 25-of-29 in which they’ve scored 3 runs or less.