NEW YORK -- The Nationals' offense has struggled against the Mets in the first two games of an important three-game series this weekend. In those two games, the Nationals scored a combined three runs and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
In Saturday's 3-2 loss to New York, for example, it looked like the Nationals were going to break things open early as they scored two runs in the first inning off right-hander Jacob deGrom. Ian Desmond highlighted the inning with a two-run single.
"I think it's a combination of quality pitchers on the other side, some guys coming back from injuries," manager Matt Williams said. "They have to get some timing back. We have confidence in those guys. Zim swung the bat good tonight. Anthony and Jayson are getting there on their timing. Combination of all those things."
Werth said the offense will be all right. Sometimes it takes just a minute to get the offense rolling.
"I think it's a matter of time before we start putting crooked numbers on the board and get it rolling," Werth said. "We are in these games. Big game Sunday. We have to pick up that game tomorrow and get back in front of our fans and we'll be good."