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Slow start doesn’t faze DeRosa

Apr 17, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

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Mark DeRosa has only two hits in 22 at-bats so far this season.

When the Nationals broke camp in Florida and headed north to open the season, there was no player on the roster more locked-in at the plate than Mark DeRosa. The veteran utilityman tore the cover off the ball all spring, posting a .457 batting average and stunning .587 on-base percentage.

And then the regular season began and DeRosa appeared to lose all ability to hit a baseball. He enters tonight's game against the Astros with only two hits in 22 at-bats, each of them singles, leading to a pathetic .091 slugging percentage.

"Night and day," DeRosa muttered this afternoon inside the Nationals' clubhouse, admitting he's had trouble sleeping because of it. "That's why this game is so frustrating. If I had the answer for it, I'd just keep hitting like I was in the spring and I'd be smiling every day. But that's not the way this game is."

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  1. MicheleS - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Maybe the Astro's pitching can be as good to DeRo as they were to Lombo last night.

  2. natsfan1a - Apr 17, 2012 at 10:47 PM

    Go, DeRo! You can do it.

  3. SCNatsFan - Apr 18, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    This team goes nowhere without contributions from players like him. Needs to get back on track. Or we resign Stairs.

  4. lesatcsc - Apr 18, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Is anyone the least bit concerned that the examples that are supposed to fill us with confidence are all ancient in baseball terms? He's several years older now and all the examples pre-date his wrist woes. I suspect that DeRosa has some rope yet, it's not like the Nats have someone waiting in the wings to take his place tomorrow, but sooner or later he's either got to start producing or be sent away. Perhaps he should be worried. There aren't many sub-.100 employed baseball players that don't pitch.

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