Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-2 win over the Cubs. His second-inning shot off Jon Lester was Dozier's sixth homer of the year, but his first since May 4. The second baseman is heating up at the plate, hitting .324 (11-for-34) over the last 10 games, but his .211/.313/.359 slash line on the season remains poor.
Dozier went 3-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a walk Friday night against the Cubs. Dozier plated a pair of runs in the ninth inning on a double to left field, but the game had already been decided by that point. Prior to Friday night's showdown, the 32-year-old had gone hitless in three straight games, but he managed to increase his batting average from .187 to .203 with the help of a three-hit performance.
Dozier is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Mets. The Nationals' extensive injury woes have allowed Dozier to stick in the lineup for the past 13 games, but the steady playing time hasn't helped spark his dormant bat. Dozier has gone just 8-for-46 (.174 average) with 15 strikeouts over that stretch, sinking his season line to .187/.288/.313. Trea Turner (finger) appears poised to return from the 10-day injured list this weekend, which could result in Wilmer Difo poaching more playing time from Dozier at second base. It's also possible that Howie Kendrick draws more starts at the keystone in place of Dozier while Gerardo Parra slots in more regularly at first base.
Dozier went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Tuesday's loss to the Mets. The 32-year-old has shown occasional flickers of life with the bat, but for the most part Dozier's first campaign with the Nats has been a disaster. He's slashing .192/.295/.323 through 39 games with five homers but only seven RBI, and if Washington is going to climb back over .500 and into playoff contention over the summer, it will need more production from the keystone -- whether Dozier's the one providing it or not.
Dozier went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a 10-8 victory over the Phillies on Saturday. Despite the multi-hit performance, Dozier is still under the Mendoza line at .194. He came into the night 1-for-11 in his last four games. Dozier does have five home runs, but with only seven RBI and 11 runs -- coupled with his batting average -- he is one of the biggest early-season disappointments of 2019.
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