Manager Dave Martinez said Wednesday that he expects Gomes to play around 4-to-5 times per week during the regular season, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Though Martinez didn't say so explicitly, his division of the workload behind the plate implies that Gomes is the No. 1 catcher. Meanwhile, Martinez said that Suzuki, the other backstop on the roster, would serve as the regular battery mate for Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez. Suzuki is the superior hitter of the two, but Gomes' ability to control the run game along with his skills as a pitch framer look to be enough for him to handle the larger portion of a timeshare.
Gomes agreed to a two-year, $10 million contract with the Nationals on Wednesday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
The Nationals declined the 32-year-old's $9 million club option for 2020 earlier this month but will bring him back into the fold at a more affordable price. Gomes and Kurt Suzuki are primed for another season splitting catching duties in Washington. Gomes' heavy splits (.653 OPS vs. RHP and .878 OPS vs. LHP) figure to put him on the short side of the catching platoon.
The Nationals have declined Gomes' $9 million club option for 2020, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
Gomes was acquired by the Nationals from the Indians in November 2018 and was the team's Opening Day starter behind the plate, but he split starting duties with Kurt Suzuki for most of the season. Suzuki was much more successful offensively (.810 OPS vs. Gomes .705 OPS) and was the regular starter in the playoffs until an injury. Gomes remains a plus-defender and figures to receive moderate interest in free agency.
Gomes is in the starting lineup for Game 7 of the World Series against the Astros on Wednesday.
Kurt Suzuki (hip) was initially listed as the starter for Wednesday's game, but he was scratched and Gomes will take his place, batting eighth. While Suzuki has been sidelined since Game 3 of the World Series with a left hip flexor issue, Gomes has gone 3-for-12 with a double and two strikeouts.
Gomes is in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Thursday.
After sitting in favor of Kurt Suzuki during the wild-card matchup, Gomes will receive the start for the first game of the NLDS against right-hander Walker Buehler. Suzuki will retreat to the bench for Game 1.
Gomes will be on the bench for Tuesday's wild-card matchup with the Brewers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.
The Nationals rode Gomes heavily down the stretch while Kurt Suzuki contended with elbow inflammation for much of September, but the latter will get the nod for the win-or-go-home game now that he's healthy again. Gomes could be in store for a limited role for the duration of the postseason before likely parting ways with the Nationals over the winter. Washington is expected to decline his $9 million club option for 2020.
Gomes is not in Sunday's lineup against the Indians.
The Nationals just got Kurt Suzuki back from an elbow injury this weekend, so they are trying to get him up to speed before the postseason. Suzuki is hitting third in the season finale, and the two backstops should split time fairly evenly if they make it past the Wild Card Game.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Friday's game versus the Indians.
The 32-year-old started 11 of the last 12 games but heads to the bench as Kurt Suzuki (elbow) makes his return to the starting nine after a three-week absence. Gomes has hit an .876 OPS during September, but his run of extensive playing time is likely over with Suzuki ready to go.
Gomes went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the second game of the team's doubleheader Tuesday against the Phillies.
Gomes took Aaron Nola deep in the third inning to record his 12th home run of the season. He's managed half of those home runs in September, launching his slugging percentage from .338 to .395 in the process. He could see his playing time reduced soon, however, as Kurt Suzuki (elbow) appears to be nearing a return to the lineup.
Gomes is not in the lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
Raudy Read gets the nod for the day's first game. Gomes will start behind the plate in the nightcap, Jesse Dougherty of The Washington Post reports.
Gomes went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, a stolen base and an RBI in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Cardinals.
Gomes has been one of the more productive fantasy catchers over the past month, batting .279 with four home runs, 12 RBI, nine runs and a steal in 17 games dating back to Aug. 18. During that run, Gomes has supplanted Kurt Suzuki as the Nationals' top catcher and should shoulder a heavy workload down the stretch. With Suzuki tending to an inflamed elbow, Gomes will be behind the plate Wednesday for the day game after a night game, batting eighth in the Washington lineup.
Gomes is not in Saturday's lineup against the Braves.
He is the Nationals' primary catcher while Kurt Suzuki is out with an elbow injury. Gomes is hitting .161 with four home runs in nine games this month. Raudy Read will start behind the dish and hit eighth.
Gomes went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs and a strikeout Sunday in Atlanta.
He is now hitting .217 with nine home runs on the year. Kurt Suzuki is day-to-day with elbow inflammation, so Gomes is a good bet to continue to see steady work this week.
Gomes will start at catcher and bat eighth Monday against the Mets.
He'll be rewarded with a second straight turn behind the dish after going 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Marlins. Though Gomes' production has been trending upward over the last couple of weeks, he still appears to be second on the depth chart at catcher behind Kurt Suzuki.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds.
Gomes was already starting to fall below Kurt Suzuki on the depth chart at catcher toward the end of July and hasn't done much to improve his fortunes. While appearing in five games thus far in August, Gomes has gone 1-for-16 with five strikeouts. Kurt Suzuki will handle catching duties Wednesday for the third time in four contests.
Gomes went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's loss to Atlanta.
His eighth-inning blast came with the Nats down 11-2, kick-starting a late rally that closed the gap to three runs before the team ran out of time. Gomes now has six homers on the year, but half of them have come in July. However, his .184/.354/.421 slash line on the month still puts a significant damper on his fantasy value.
Gomes drew walks in all four of his plate appearances during Monday's win over Atlanta and scored two runs.
His display of patience had a lot more to do with the fact that Gomes was hitting eighth in front of the pitcher than any skill on his part. On the season, the veteran catcher has a feeble .213/.317/.325 slash line, and he's fallen decidedly behind Kurt Suzuki on the Nats' depth chart.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
Gomes is on the bench for the sixth time in nine games, signaling that he's fallen behind Kurt Suzuki on the depth chart at catcher. The downturn in Gomes' usage doesn't come as a surprise, given that he's batting just .194/.294/.299 since the beginning of May. For the season, Suzuki holds a 163-point edge in OPS.
Gomes went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in a 9-3 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday.
Gomes connected in the seventh inning off Joe Kelly to give Washington their third run. It was Gomes' second homer in his last two games, but he still holds a disappointing .213/.205/.325 slash line over 197 at-bats.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Dodgers.
Gomes hasn't started consecutive games since July 16-17, with Kurt Suzuki receiving six of the past nine starts. Gomes has two hits in each of his last two starts, but prior to that he was 3-for-39 in his previous 14 games.
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