For Martis, Walks No Longer Out of Control – The Post
Pitching coach Randy St. Claire thinks that RHP Shairon Martis’ high walk total from last season’s cup of coffee was a result of respecting the hitters too much. That did not happen in spring training and the hope is it will not happen tonight or through the rest of the season. Martis attempts to bring home the Nationals first win of the regular season tonight in Atlanta.
Nats confident that offense will come – The Wash. Times
The Nats only batted .236 in their opening series with the Marlins, but a few players left room for optimism. 1B Nick Johnson went 4 for 8, plus got a crucial walk as a pinch hitter on Wednesday. LF Adam Dunn hit his first home run on Opening Day and also walked three times on Wednesday. Hopefully, hitting coach Rick Eckstein‘s methodical approach to hitting is going to start paying off soon.
MIKE HUME – Picking Splinters: Signs Point to Strasburg – Falls Church News-Press.
“But in the meantime, someone needs to clue in this pitching staff that they already have the No. 1 pick locked up. Seriously, they can stop serving up batting practice.
Any time now.”
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