We could go with a couple different players here. Jon Lester, though we don’t think he is in for the long haul. Victor Robles, though we have lost hope in Big Stick Vic this year. Patrick Corbin, like we said, we could list several people.
We are going with Gerardo Parra because Davey Martinez insists on playing him regardless of his ability level. There is one reason Parra is on the team. To bring back the vibes from 2019 and to be a cheerleader. Okay, two reasons. If Martinez insists on playing him, he needs to start contributing.
Thus far whenever the Nats need a key hit Martinez sends Parra to pinch hit. With Schwarber on the Injured List, more times than not Parra has gotten the start to replace him. We are on record saying we need to see a lot less of Parra, though Martinez is hell-bent on sending him out there. We need him to start hitting. And fast. .
If Parra is going to be on the roster, and play, he needs to produce. He has a .194 batting average to date and is hitting .154 with runners in scoring position. Parra is hitting .143 as a pinch hitter. Okay, enough with the statistics. They paint the picture Parra can’t hit.
How about a couple three hit games moving forward, and a couple back to back pinch hits when he is thrust into that role. Being a cheerleader is one thing. Giving reason to cheer is another. I prefer the latter.