Nationals being cautious on bases so far

Nationals being cautious on bases so far

Nationals being cautious on bases so far
CINCINNATI -- As dominant as Washington's pitching was through 32 games this season, the hitting was decidedly less so. Entering play on Saturday, the Nationals ranked 11th in the National League in batting average (.240), ninth in home runs (25) and 13th in runs scored (113).

The basepaths haven't been much better. The Nationals ranked 14th in the NL with 14 stolen bases, and 15th with 23 stolen-base attempts. No Washington player ranked in the top 30 in the league in steals, while the team's leading basestealer, with three, is Jayson Werth, who is on the DL with a broken left wrist.

"We haven't had a lot of guys on," Washington manager Davey Johnson said. "Our offense hasn't been doing things it's capable of, and you don't want to give up outs, so you don't try to steal as much. That's my philosophy."

Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio entered Saturday with 17 steals -- three more than the entire Washington roster.