General manager Mike Rizzo said Tuesday that the Nationals are preparing for Gomes to draw the majority of the team's starts at catcher in 2021, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. "I think Yan's capable of it," Rizzo said. "It's such a demanding, physically taxing position that we certainly would like to take a little bit of burden off him. But I think he's capable of playing 90 to 110 games at least."
Gomes has been part of a roughly even timeshare with Kurt Suzuki in both of the past two seasons, appearing in 127 of the team's 222 regular-season games (57.2 percent) over that stretch. While the Nationals aren't expected to bring back Suzuki in free agency, Rizzo noted the team does plan to bring in another veteran backstop this winter, though seemingly not a player that would challenge Gomes for the top spot on the depth chart. With that in mind, Gomes -- health prevailing -- should be in a good spot to reach 400 plate appearances for the first time since his final season in Cleveland in 2018, perhaps making him one of the more intriguing fantasy options in a weak catcher pool.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Mets.
Gomes went 3-for-3 during the matinee but won't start both games of the twin bill. Kurt Suzuki takes over behind the plate for Washington in the nightcap.
Gomes went 2-for-4 with two runs and one strikeout during the win in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Marlins.
Gomes has continued to split time with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate this season, but he's put together some solid stat lines recently with multi-hit performances in two of his last four games. The 33-year-old is now hitting .282 with 11 runs and 11 RBI over 23 games this season.
Gomes went 3-for-5 with a home run, one double and two RBI in Friday's win against Atlanta.
Gomes has seen inconsistent playing time recently while splitting time behind the dish, but he was a force at the plate in the 12-inning win Friday. He's now hitting .284 with three home runs and 11 RBI over 20 games this year.
Gomes isn't in Saturday's lineup against the Red Sox.
Gomes will sit for a second consecutive game as he continues to split time behind the dish. Kurt Suzuki will start at catcher Saturday.
Gomes is not in the lineup Friday at Boston.
Gomes and Kurt Suzuki have alternated starts over the past week, and that trend continues Friday after Gomes went 2-for-4 with a strikeout during Wednesday's contest.
Gomes is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Phillies.
He is in the midst of an eight-game hitting streak, batting .364 with two home runs and just two strikeouts in 33 at-bats over that span. Kurt Suzuki will start behind the dish and hit fifth.
Gomes is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Marlins.
Gomes handled the lighter end of a timeshare with Kurt Suzuki behind the plate to begin the season, but the former's hot bat of late has seemingly allowed him to emerge as Washington's top backstop. Though Suzuki will catch Anibal Sanchez on Sunday, Gomes had started six of the Nationals' last nine games, going 9-for-24 with four extra-base hits -- including two home runs -- to go with five RBI and four runs.
Gomes went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and a second run scored during a 5-3 loss to the Marlins in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader.
One day after connecting on his first homer of the year, Gomes went yard again as he turned around a 99 mph fastball from rookie Sixto Sanchez in the third inning. The veteran catcher extended his hitting streak to seven games in the process, during which he's gone 11-for-28 (.393) with six runs and seven RBI.
Gomes went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and one strikeout in Friday's loss to the Marlins.
Gomes has seen inconsistent playing time this season while splitting time with Kurt Suzuki behind the dish, but he blasted his first home run of the year -- and the 100th of his career, becoming the first Brazilian-born player to reach that mark -- in the second inning Friday. Gomes carries a .687 OPS with six RBI over 10 games this season.
Gomes went 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in Monday's 16-4 rout of the Mets.
It's been a sluggish start to the season for Gomes -- the hits, runs and RBI were all his first in four games -- but like many Nats hitters, his bat woke up at the start of the team's road trip. If the 33-year-old can put together another good performance or two, he could cut into Kurt Suzuki's playing time behind the plate.
Gomes isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Blue Jays.
Gomes made his season debut Sunday and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout, but he'll sit once again in Monday's contest. Kurt Suzuki is starting at catcher, batting seventh.
Gomes isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.
Although manager Dave Martinez said in March that he expected Gomes to play four or five times per week this season, he hasn't been in the lineup in either of the Nationals' two games this season. Kurt Suzuki will once again start behind the plate and bat sixth. Suzuki has historically been the better hitter of the two, and the team appears to be favoring that trait over Gomes' defensive abilities over the first couple games.
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.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/27||vs NYM||W 15-5||3||2||1||1||2||1||0|
|09/26||vs NYM||W 4-3||3||0||3||0||0||0||0|
|09/24||vs NYM||L 2-3||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/23||vs PHI||L 3-12||4||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|09/22||vs PHI||W 5-1||3||0||1||0||0||0||0|
|09/20||@ MIA||L 1-2||3||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|09/19||@ MIA||L 3-7||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2009||R-Gcl Blue Jays||4||14||1||5||0||0||0||2||3||2||0||0||.357||.471||.357|
|2010||AFA-Dunedin Blue Jays||68||233||37||64||21||1||9||40||9||64||0||0||.275||.312||.489|
|2011||AA-New Hampshire Fisher||79||276||34||69||18||1||13||51||25||75||0||0||.250||.317||.464|
|2011||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||4||14||1||3||1||0||0||1||1||4||0||0||.214||.267||.286|
|2012||AAA-Las Vegas 51s||79||305||44||100||29||1||13||59||25||72||4||0||.328||.380||.557|
|2015||AFX-Lake County Captains||2||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||1||--||0||0||.500||.600||.500|