The 2016 plan for Matt Wieters was to enjoy one more year in Camden Yards and hopefully have a healthy year, put up big power numbers, prove he was good enough behind the plate and get a new long-term deal this winter. Surprisingly, the defense came back quicker than the bat as Wieters looked like his old self behind the plate, but struggled to hit. He nearly posted career lows in each of the triple slash categories and his counting category totals were the lowest they have been in a full season since 2010. The power numbers come mostly from the left side while his better batting average has typically come from the right side. He was one of the best catchers on the free agent market, which helped him pick up a nice two-year, $21 million deal with the Nationals. Nationals Park is a fairly hitter-friendly environment, which could help Wieters bounce back at the plate in 2017 as the primary catcher in the nation's capital.
Wieters is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets, Dan Kolko of MASN reports. Despite knocking his second homer of the season Friday, Wieters will head to the bench in favor of Jose Lobaton. The 30-year-old has collected five hits over his last three games to bring his average to .279 for the season.
Wieters went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 7-5 loss to the Mets on Friday. His second-inning shot off Jacob deGrom, Wieters' second home run of the season, briefly gave the Nats their only lead of the game. Wieters has looked like a bargain so far this season, slashing .279/.372/.441 through 19 games, although his regular spot near the bottom of the batting order has limited him to just eight RBI and eight runs scored.
Wieters is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rockies, Dan Kolko of MASN reports. Wieters will take a seat for the second time in three games as Jose Lobaton gets the nod behind the dish. The 30-year-old backstop is slashing just .254/.353/.390 with one homer and six RBI in his first year with the Nationals.
Wieters is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports. Wieters will get the day off while backup Jose Lobaton gets the start behind the plate. The veteran catcher has gotten off to a fairly unremarkable start in his first season with the Nationals, slashing .255/.349/.400 with a home run.
Wieters is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Mets. Jose Lobaton will step in behind the dish as Wieters sits following four consecutive starts. Wieters is off to a decent start with a .277 average and just one more strikeout (eight) than walk (seven), but he's yet to tap into much power. He has one home run this season and has managed one extra-base hit (a double) in his last six starts.
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