Desmond showing more consistency at plate

By Bill Ladson
LOS ANGELES — After Monday’s 8-3 victory over the Dodgers, one would have never known that Ian Desmond had a game to remember. All he kept talking about were the eight shutout innings Gio Gonzalez threw and the important win the Nationals needed to stay close with the Mets in the National League East.

But Desmond was the hitting hero, going 3-for-4 with two homers and three RBIs. In fact, since July 20, Desmond is 23-for-73 (.315) with seven home runs and 16 RBIs. According to manager Matt Williams, Desmond is seeing the breaking pitch much better. For example, Desmond was able to hit a curveball in the second inning for a home run off Dodgers left-hander Brett Anderson.

“He is not drifting toward the pitcher,” Williams said about Desmond. “He is seeing [the ball] fine. His hands are lightning quick. If he could sit down a little bit [in the batter’s box], he sees the pitches longer. It allows him to get in the strike zone lately. He is swinging well.”

Although Desmond is having the worst year of his career, he never lost the respect of his teammates.

“I played with Ian for a long time,” first baseman Ryan Zimmerman said. “He is going to continue to grind it out, play hard. That’s why he has earned the respect he has around here. I don’t think anyone is pulling for him more than the guys in this clubhouse.”

3 Comments

Who do you think your fooling about this professional rally killer. This guy is a guess hitter whose pattern of guessing was figured out by the rest of the league for most of the season. Once his new pattern of guessing is figured out he will be back to his miserable rally killing ways. YEAH, he is really worth $107 Million Dollar contract. What was Rizzo thinking when he offered Desmond that. Of course, Desmond turned it down. Talk about addition by subtraction. Bad Guess Desmond.

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