WASHINGTON -- Entering Thursday's action, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa found himself in a 5-for-38 slump (.132) over his last 10 games.
Espinosa said he has been overly aggressive. He said opposing pitchers are not giving him pitches to hit, because he has been impatient early in the count.
Espinosa believes that he needs to be more selective at the plate. He was doing that early in the season, when he had seven walks in his first seven games, with a .367 on-base percentage.
"I got out of my approach," Espinosa said. "In the beginning of the season, I was putting the ball in play, drawing walks and having good at-bats. I got away from that approach. ... It's something I thought about today. I need to get back to that. I'm definitely in a positive mood right now, and I know I can get back to that and turn things around."