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NL East Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
29-15 7-3 W2
20-22 5-5 W2
19-23 4-6 L2
18-22 5-5 W1
14-29 3-7 L1

2022 Batting

STATS AVG
Batting Average
HR
Home Runs
RBI
Runs Batted In
OPS
On-base Plus Slugging
SB
Stolen Bases
Regular Season .277 0 9 .671 2

Top Cesar Hernandez News

  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: On base three times Sunday

    Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI in Sunday's win over the Brewers.

    He also had a strong day in the field, helping to turn three double plays. Hernandez has been giving the Nationals strong numbers from the top of the batting order for the last month, slashing .314/.374/.390 over the last 26 games with two steals, seven RBI and 14 runs.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Maintains leadoff role

    Hernandez will start at second base and bat leadoff in Sunday's game against the Brewers.

    Hernandez will lead off for the 25th straight game, a just reward while he's gotten on base at a .358 clip over the previous 24 contests. Despite the favorable lineup spot, Hernandez hasn't been a strong source of counting stats while being supported by a weak Nationals offense. Over that 24-game stretch, Hernandez didn't hit a home run and recorded 12 runs, six RBI and two stolen bases.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Three hits in Sunday's loss

    Hernandez went 3-for-5 with a run scored in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

    After seeing his 12-game hitting streak snapped Saturday, Hernandez wasted no time starting another. The veteran second baseman still isn't supplying any power, but he's batting .279 through 30 games with two steals, seven RBI and 17 runs.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Hit streak at 10 games

    Hernandez went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a caught stealing in Wednesday's loss to the Rockies.

    The veteran second baseman has rewarded manager Dave Martinez's faith in him at the top of the batting order, hitting safely in 10 straight games and slashing .390/.444/.463 over that stretch after a sluggish start to the season. Hernandez is still looking for his first homer of the year, but he has contributed six doubles, six RBI, two steals and 15 runs through 26 contests.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Records two hits Sunday

    Hernandez went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's 12-3 loss to the Giants.

    The veteran second baseman has consistently hit leadoff in manager Dave Martinez's batting order to begin the season, but so far Hernandez hasn't delivered. He's slashing .247/.275/.299 with four doubles, zero homers, two RBI and nine runs through 18 games, and with the Nationals struggling to generate offense, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Hernandez moved lower in the order at some point in an attempt to get him going.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Dropped from leadoff spot

    Hernandez will start at second base and hit seventh in Saturday's game against the Giants.

    Hernandez occupied the leadoff spot in Washington's first 16 games of the season, but he went just 3-for-26 (.115) and did not take even one walk over his last six appearances. As a result, he will be bumped down the order for at least one game, and Lane Thomas will lead off for the Nationals instead.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Hitting well out of leadoff spot

    Hernandez will start at second base and serve as Washington's leadoff man in Thursday's game at Pittsburgh.

    He's been included in the lineup for each of Washington's first eight games, drawing all of his starts out of the leadoff spot. Lane Thomas finished the 2021 campaign as the Nationals' table setter, but he'll sit Thursday for the third time this season and doesn't seem to have much hope of reclaiming the job at this time. Hernandez is hitting a solid .276 to begin the season, but he's drawn just one walk and has yet to record an RBI or attempt a stolen base.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Wraps up solid spring

    Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a run scored in Tuesday's Grapefruit League finale against the Mets.

    The veteran second baseman hit in the leadoff spot consistently all spring, batting .290 (9-for-31) with a .333 OBP and five runs scored in 10 games. Hernandez doesn't offer any speed at this stage of his career, going 1-for-2 on the basepaths between 2020 and 2021, but he did launch a career-high 21 homers last year. The 31-year-old should be a solid source of runs hitting ahead of the likes of Juan Soto and Nelson Cruz in the Nationals' batting order.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Hits leadoff in spring opener

    Hernandez got the start at second base in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Marlins, hitting leadoff and going 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored.

    Manager Dave Martinez trotted out a top of the order that could mirror what he uses in the regular season, with shortstop Alcides Escobar hitting second, Juan Soto hitting third as the DH and first baseman Josh Bell batting cleanup. Nelson Cruz will likely factor into the mix as well, but Hernandez could be a solid source of runs batting ahead of that group on a regular basis. The veteran infielder is coming off a down year in which he slashed .232/.308/.386 over 149 games for Cleveland and the White Sox, but prior to 2021 Hernandez had posted an OBP better than .350 in four of the five previous seasons.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Tabbed as top pick for leadoff role

    Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Tuesday that he'd like for Hernandez to emerge as the team's leadoff hitter in 2022, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Martinez will presumably test out a few lineups during the Grapefruit League slate before settling on an ideal setup at the order, but if the switch-hitting Hernandez provides the Nationals with good at-bats in the spring, he sounds like he'll claim the table-setting role against both right- and left-handed pitching. The prospect of batting in front of Juan Soto could yield more runs from Hernandez, while perhaps also reigniting his involvement as a baserunner. After swiping no fewer than nine bags in any season from 2015 through 2019, Hernandez attempted just two steals across 897 plate appearances in the past two years combined.

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  • Nationals' Cesar Hernandez: Joins Nationals on one-year deal

    Hernandez agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with the Nationals on Tuesday, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.

    Hernandez split 2021 between the Guardians and White Sox, and he hit .232/.308/.386 with 21 home runs, 21 doubles, 62 RBI and 84 runs in 149 games. He's primarily operated as a second baseman, but the Nationals could also give him a look at shortstop or the hot corner.

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  • Cesar Hernandez: Becomes free agent

    Hernandez will not have his $6 million team option picked up by the White Sox and will become a free agent, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.

    Hernandez slashed .232/.309/.299 in 53 games with Chicago after a midseason trade. His season-long OPS of .694 was unremarkable, but second basemen with 20 home run power are far and few between in this year's free agent market. As such, Hernandez figures to draw some and could land a respectable contract this winter.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: Not starting Game 2

    Hernandez is on the bench for Game 2 of the ALDS against Houston

    Leury Garcia once again starts at second base as the White Sox look to even the series. Hernandez could see action when the series shifts to Chicago if Garcia, who went 0-for-3 in Game 1, contributes nothing Friday as well.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: Sits for Game 1

    Hernandez is not in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros on Thursday.

    Hernandez endured a tough time after coming over in a trade from Cleveland at the deadline, hitting just .232/.309/.299 in 53 games for his new team. Leury Garcia will be the second baseman in his absence.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: On bench Saturday

    Hernandez isn't starting Saturday's game against the Tigers.

    Hernandez went 1-for-3 with a run and a strikeout Friday and will be out of the lineup for the second time in the last three games. Leury Garcia will shift to second base while Adam Engel starts in right field.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: Riding pine Wednesday

    Hernandez isn't starting Wednesday's game against the Reds.

    Hernandez went 2-for-7 with two doubles, three RBI and two runs across the last three games. Leury Garcia will shift to the keystone while Adam Engel (leg) returns to the lineup in right field.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: Sitting Sunday

    Hernandez is on the bench for Sunday's series finale against Cleveland.

    Hernandez has gone hitless in three consecutive games and sports a .206 average in his last 10 contests. Leury Garcia starts at second base and bats second Sunday.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: On bench Saturday

    Hernandez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against Texas.

    Hernandez has hit a disappointing .222/.295/.291 since joining the White Sox at the deadline. Romy Gonzalez will get the nod at second base Saturday.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: Sitting Sunday

    Hernandez is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Royals, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.

    A 1-for-5 effort Saturday has Hernandez's average at .194 with one RBI in his last 10 games. Leury Garcia is playing second base and batting sixth Sunday.

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  • White Sox's Cesar Hernandez: On bench Tuesday

    Hernandez is not starting Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays.

    Consecutive hitless, multi-strikeout performances have Hernandez's average at .150 in the last 10 games, and he has no extra-base hits in that span. Leury Garcia is playing second base and batting sixth Tuesday.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 5-10, 167 lbs
Birthplace: Valencia, Venezuela
Age: 32
Experience: 7
Bats/Throws: S, R