Jul 10, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER
The temperature has finally cooled off. The Nationals' bats have not.
Remember when everyone was worried about the Nationals' putrid offensive output? Come on, it's not that hard to remember. It was only a week ago that this team looked incapable of scoring more than two runs a night.
How quickly things have changed, because right now there's nothing hotter in D.C. than the Nats' bats (certainly now that the temperature has finally cooled off to manageable levels). Over their last six games, the Nationals have scored 33 runs. In that time, they've batted a collective .308 with a .377 on-base percentage and a stout .901 OPS.
"I've said it all along: Our offense is pretty good when it's rolling," said Adam Dunn, who is rolling as well as anyone in baseball right now. "Pretty much for the first half, we haven't been on. But I think the last week and a half, we've kind of relaxed a little bit and everyone's locked in."
The Nats will look to continue the offensive surge tonight against Giants left-hander Jonathan Sanchez, who one year ago today threw a no-hitter. Pretty cool that he's back on the mound exactly 365 days later.
As reported yesterday, Justin Maxwell has been recalled from Class AAA Syracuse to give the Nationals an extra position player until they need a fifth starter again (July 20 in Cincinnati). Jim Riggleman has wasted no time putting Maxwell right in his starting lineup, but not necessarily where you thought he might. Maxwell is leading off and playing center field tonight, giving Nyjer Morgan the night off against a lefty. Michael Morse is in right field as Riggleman stacks his lineup with right-handed bats.
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GIANTS at NATIONALS
Where: Nationals Park
Gametime: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: WFED-1500 AM, WWFD-820 AM
Weather: Partly cloudy, 82 degrees, Wind 7 mph in from LF
CF Justin Maxwell
2B Cristian Guzman
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam Dunn
NL EAST STANDINGS
TUE: Nats at Marlins, 7:10 p.m.
WED: Nats at Marlins, 12:40 p.m.
THU: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
FRI: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SAT: Phillies at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
SUN: Phillies at Nats, 1:35 p.m.
MON: Orioles at Nats, 7:05 p.m.
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