Manager Dave Martinez said at spring training the Washington Nationals season would come down to executing every game and doing the little things.
The season may be only a week old, but the little things have played a huge role. Unfortunately for Martinez, the Nats haven't been executing and paid the price in some crucial early-season divisional games.
And while they may be early, these divisional games are crucial for Martinez. When looking back at last season, Martinez believes if the Nationals had cleaned up their baserunning errors "we would've won five extra games, you know, and that's huge when you're playing for a division title."
In game five, Robles again made a baserunning boo-boo when he was thrown out at second base after being fouled by a pump-fake from Phillies' third baseman Maikel Franco.
“You’re going to go through those moments and you’re going to learn, and you’re going to clean it up.’
The Nationals manager practicing what he preached during spring training: Staying positive in the face of adversity.
"Through most of the season, all of the season, my objective was, 'Hey, to stay positive,'" Martinez told 106.7 The Fan.