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Suzuki finds his stroke

Sep 11, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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Kurt Suzuki is hitting .333 with four homers and 10 RBI over his last 12 games.

NEW YORK — Davey Johnson has been a fan of Kurt Suzuki’s offensive prowess since he first managed the catcher during a 2008 Olympic qualifying tournament in Cuba. So the Nationals skipper isn’t surprised at all by what he’s seen from Suzuki over the last two weeks.

“He’s swinging the bat like he did there,” Johnson said. “He’s short to the ball, and he’s got some pop. And everybody knows he’s a great defender. So he just fits right in. Everybody in the lineup is a threat right now.”

Indeed, Suzuki’s recent surge at the plate completes the Nationals’ lineup and gives Johnson a power threat in every starting spot. Collectively, his club has hit 33 homers over its last 13 games (entering tonight’s contest against the Mets) and Suzuki has been a major contributor.

After struggling to find his swing in the immediate aftermath of his Aug. 3 trade from Oakland — he hit .192 with a paltry .476 OPS in his first 14 games with the Nationals — Suzuki has hit .333 with four homers and a 1.089 OPS over his last 12 games.
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  1. Manassas Nats' Fan - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Suzuki playing great since joining us.

  2. Joe Seamhead - Sep 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Does anybody remember that NatsJack once said he liked this Suzuki guy?

  3. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM

    Yes I do, Joe. Yes I do.

  4. peric - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Given Ramos injury and Flores long recovery, Solano injured most of this season and then the injury to Leon … that trade looks huge both now and in the immediate future.

  5. ehay2k - Sep 12, 2012 at 2:33 AM

    Can't say I miss David Freitas.

  6. natsfan1a - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    I liked him, too, Joe. :-) I also remember that someone on here called him rude names. I guess that person will have to find someone else to do that with now (they always do find someone else).

  7. SonnyG10 - Sep 12, 2012 at 3:34 AM

    Way to go Zuke! Alright, would all the Eckstein haters give Rick some love… he is doing a great job!

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