Eaton is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the Giants. Eaton entered the season with major durability concerns, but his health has held up thus far and he's been exceptional as the Nats' leadoff man, slashing .319/.397/.406 with three steals through the club's first 16 games. He'll sit for the first time all season with the Nationals playing a day game after a night game, opening up the top spot in the order for Victor Robles.
Eaton went 2-for-4 with a stolen base and two runs in a 4-3 loss to the Pirates on Sunday. After starting the weekend series 0-for-5, Eaton went 5-for-9 (.555) in the final two games. He also hit his first homer Saturday and then swiped his third base of the season Sunday. Eaton only has three extra-base hits, but the hot weekend raised his batting average to .300. He also has five RBI and 10 runs to go with his three steals in 14 games in 2019.
Eaton went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in a 3-2 victory against the Pirates on Saturday. For the second time in the last three contests, Eaton posted a three-hit game. He had an 0-for-5 game in between, but Eaton has still raised his average over the last few days. On Saturday, he also hit his first homer of the year. He is batting .286 with three extra-base hits, five RBI, eight runs and two steals in 13 games this season.
Eaton went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Phillies. The veteran outfielder has had a quick start at the top of the Nats' batting order, going 6-for-20 with a .391 OBP thanks to a walk and two HBP. Wednesday's steal was his first, and it's not yet clear whether the permanent green light Trea Turner (finger) was getting also applies to Eaton; his 69.7 percent career success rate on steals isn't exceptional, and his career high in stolen bases for a season is only 18. With Turner on the shelf for a while, though, the club will need to lean more heavily on Eaton to set the table for the likes of Anthony Rendon and Juan Soto.
Eaton went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's win over the Mets. The veteran outfielder has had a solid start to the year as the Nats' leadoff man, reaching base six times (four singles and two HBP) in three games for a .429 OBP. Eaton only played 118 contests through his first two campaigns in Washington, but if he can stay healthy in 2019 he's positioned for a very productive season.
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