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Monday, September 16, 2019

Dusty Baker on struggling Danny Espinosa: ‘Who else do I have?’


Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker has some problems with his lineup, and his public response isn’t exactly encouraging.

Shortstop Danny Espinosa has hit under .200 since the All-Star break, and he struck out three times in three at-bats during Friday’s NLDS opening loss, leaving six on base. When asked about replacing him, Baker didn’t exactly inspire confidence.

This statement probably won’t make Espinosa feel better. The Nationals do have options, though. There’s Stephen Drew, and they could also move fleet-footed Trea Turner back to short and put Michael A. Taylor in center, though maybe Dusty just wants Turner to beef up a bit. Neither option is great, but both are probably superior to Espinosa at this point.

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