Nats’ Williams decides to make lineup changes

By Bill Ladson
SAN FRANCISCO — Since the All-Star break, the Nationals are 10-17 and hitting .224 with a .295 on-base percentage.

Manager Matt Williams decided to make a few changes to the lineup Friday, sitting left fielder Jayson Werth, second baseman Anthony Rendon and catcher Wilson Ramos and replaced them with Clint Robinson, Danny Espinosa and Jose Lobaton, respectively.

Williams said he wanted some lefties in the lineup to face right-hander Matt Cain. The moves are not permanent. Werth and Rendon could be back in the lineup Saturday against San Francisco. Ramos most likely will not start that day because Lobaton is Gio Gonzalez’s personal catcher.

Werth and Rendon have been rusty since coming off the disabled list. Werth is 8-for-56 with a homer and six RBIs since July 28th, while Rendon is 15-for-67 [.224] with a homer and two RBIs since July 25.

“Jayson is still coming back from a wrist injury. It’s probably going to be a process from now until the end of the season,” Williams said. “That being said, Anthony has been heavy on his legs, too, and he is coming off a quad injury. We have to find him days [off], too.”

Ramos has been healthy all season, but he has not performed well with the bat and behind the plate. In fact, Lobaton is considered a better catcher because of his pitch framing and game calling.

To Williams, Ramos is not swinging at the right pitches. Williams gave Thursday’s game as an example of how badly Ramos has been going at the plate.

“We had the bases loaded [in the first inning],” Williams said. “He got ahead, 1-0, and then swung at the one he didn’t want to hit. He grounded out. It’s a little bit of that. His pitch selection [at the plate] could be a little better. He is fighting himself in pitcher’s counts.”

2 Comments

“Ramos has been healthy all season, but he has not performed well with the bat and behind the plate. In fact, Lobaton is considered a better catcher because of his pitch framing and game calling. He is already Gio Gonzalez’s personal catcher”

Not performed well? He’s 2nd on the team in RBIs and has a RISP BA over .300.

Your “in fact” is not a fact as there is no way to fairly rate a catcher’s defense in all facets but FanGraphs disagrees as it has Ramos in the top 1/2 of defensive catchers and Lobaton in the bottom half.

I think it’s great that Lobaton has become Gio’s personal catcher but I make no assumptions more than they are in love with each other.

Goodness me. Williams is going to sit Werth, Rendon and Ramos after a few weeks off the disabled list while he continued to write Ian Desmond into the line-up after he ate up two thirds of the season with his rally killing batting ineptitude. Guess what boys and girls, Desmond has still been largely inconsistent in his so called offensive recovery. What patience! What brilliance! What’s Next?!!!!

Harold G. Pavel

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