Nationals' Williams hints at lineup changes to end offensive slide
Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams may shuffle his lineup in an effort to reverse the team's current slide.
The Nationals have been in an offensive funk since the All-Star break and have produced only one run during their three-game losing streak. That came on the first pitch of Thursday's 3-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants.
The latest defeat dropped Washington 4 1/2 games behind the front-running New York Mets in the National League East. The Nationals have averaged 3.6 runs while going 10-17 in the second half, prompting Williams to consider ways to jump-start the offense.
"We can make some changes, sure," Williams said after the latest setback. "You'll know when I make the lineup."
Washington is 4-10 over the past two weeks, starting with a three-game sweep at New York, and has dropped 7 1/2 games in the standings to the Mets.