The Nationals' struggling offense continued to have trouble Friday night, striking out 17 times against the Marlins and matching a franchise high since the team came to Washington in 2005.
The Nationals managed to win the game 3-2 in 10 innings, but the team's troubles on offense have persisted all season, leaving Washington with a 15-17 record despite one of the National League's best pitching staffs so far.
Hitting coach Rick Eckstein, who talked to reporters Friday after team PR representatives had not made him available for comment for two days, said while the Nationals' preparation hasn't been an issue, the team's hitters need to stop putting so much pressure on themselves.
"Where I always go is the preparation side of things," Eckstein said in a Washington Post report. "The game is about adjustments, but when it comes to preparing, you're always preparing yourself and preparing the guys the best you can. We haven't been able to put things together. We've come close a couple times. But that's the way the ball rolls. You've got show up every day and continue to prepare and do the best you can do to execute and achieve."
The Nationals are averaging 3.6 runs per game, the fifth-worst mark in the majors. Their .298 on-base percentage is the third worst in the majors.
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