Johnson not worried about Espinosa's struggles

Johnson not worried about Espinosa's struggles

WASHINGTON -- In the first two games of the National League Division Series, second baseman Danny Espinosa went 1-for-6 with three strikeouts. It didn't help that he couldn't see the ball because of the shadows at Busch Stadium.

Washington manager Davey Johnson said before Game 3 that he is not worried about Espinosa and that he expects the switch-hitter to have a good series the rest of the way at Nationals Park.

"He's just a young hitter, aggressive, tons of talent," Johnson said about Espinosa. "He just needs to stay within himself. He's made a lot of strides this year. The conditions in St. Louis were pretty tough. ... My guys, to a man, all had problems picking up the ball and the spin on the ball.

"Combined with a little inexperience, you can be overly aggressive. I don't hold that against him. He always feels like he's the right guy at the right time to do something, and a lot of times, he does. But it's just that inexperience, you can get overly aggressive, and he needs to be a little more patient. But I think you'll see a different hitter here. They are more comfortable here, track the ball better here."

During the regular season, Espinosa hit .254 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs at Nationals Park.