|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||585.00||20.00||.234||64.00||77.00||21.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Diego||4||0||0|| .000|| .000|| .000|
|vs Stults (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs LHP||26||4||1|| .207|| .385|| .154|
|05/14/2013||Paco Rodriguez, RP LAD|
Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS
Darin Ruf, LF PHI
Yasiel Puig, CF LAD
Delmon Young, RF PHI
|Clayton Kershaw, SP LAD|
Scott Hairston, RF CHC
Yuniesky Betancourt, 3B MIL
|05/14/2013||Brett Gardner, CF NYY|
Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS
Gio Gonzalez, SP WAS
|Neil Walker, 2B PIT|
Carlos Beltran, RF STL
Albert Pujols, 1B LAA
|05/14/2013||Brandon League, RP LAD||Danny Espinosa, 2B WAS|
|Last 7 Games|
|Danny Espinosa gets day off|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/16/13) With just one hit over the last four games, the Nationals opted to give infielder Danny Espinosa the day off to clear his head Thursday against the Padres.
Espinosa is batting just .177 on the season, with three home runs and 12 RBI.
|Danny Espinosa 'trying to do too much'|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(5/15/13) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa went 0 for 4 with three strikeouts Tuesday against the Dodgers, putting him in an 0-for-13 slump in his last three games and dropping his season average to .175.
"Danny's best side is right-handed. [Left-hander Clayton] Kershaw made some good pitches on him and he had some pitches to hit and I think he is trying to do too much," manager Davey Johnson said after Tuesday's game, per MLB.com.
Teammate Tyler Moore is also mired in a hitting slump and hitting coach Rick Eckstein said they are struggling because both players are missing on fastballs.
"They have to get back on the fastball," Eckstein said. "You can't be in between. …. When you are facing guys as tough as Kershaw, you are not going to get too many pitches that are over the heart of the plate. The breaking stuff, when it's down in the zone, it has late sharp bite on it. It's pretty good. You have to get on the fastball. Anytime you are sitting in between, you are late on the heater and early in the off speed. You have to get back on the heater."
|Danny Espinosa coming back to life|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/11/13) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa picked up a hit for the fifth time in six May games Friday, as he continues to try to turn his season around. Espinosa now has five RBI and a .273 batting average in May after he hit just .173 in April.
Epinosa will never been known for his batting average, as he has yet to hit better than .250 in a season. But he is also certainly better than he looked in April, making him a solid buy-low candidate for Fantasy owners.
If you are looking for a potentially cheap source of power from the middle infield position, Fantasy owners can do worse than trying to poach Espinosa from a disgruntled owner.
|Danny Espinosa enjoying strong May|
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(5/8/13) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa bumped his May line to .357/.375/.643 with a 2-for-3 performance Wednesday against the Tigers. After finishing April with a .173/.212/.333 line, he owns a .200 batting average for the first time since April 10.
|Danny Espinosa using benching as motivation|
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/2/13) Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa was not in Wednesday's lineup, and is using his benching as a motivation to improve, according to the Washington Times.
Manager Davey Johnson clarified comments he made Wednesday, and indicated that Espinosa could return to the starting lineup Thursday. Espinosa was initially expected to be benched for the Braves series.
While he wasn't happy about the reduced playing time, Espinosa expressed he would work hard to make sure this doesn't happen again. The second baseman said, "I’ll take these two days and just use them for motivation. Use it in a positive way, the best I can, and when I get my next opportunity to play, I’m going to come back stronger than I’ve ever been." Stephen Lombardozzi started in Espinosa's place Wednesday.
|For the second time in his two full major league seasons, Nationals second baseman Danny Espinosa wasn't far off from a 20-20 campaign. In his rookie season, he fell short on the stolen base end, and then last year, Espinosa delivered 20 steals but only 17 home runs. Those two categories went a long way toward making Espinosa a top 12 second baseman in standard Rotisserie and Head-to-Head formats, but there were signs a repeat of that ranking might be in danger. Espinosa has never been an especially choosy hitter, but his plate discipline took a turn for the worse as he swung at more pitches, particularly those outside the strike zone. More strikeouts and less power were by-products of that trend. Because he filled in at shortstop for 34 games last season, Espinosa will have shortstop eligibility in 2013, but with second base being a shallow position, the multi-position eligibility doesn't really add much value. It could be easy for owners to overrate Espinosa due to his positions and 20-20 potential, but if he continues to struggle with pitch recognition his batting average, home runs and stolen bases could all decline. Whether you use him at second base or shortstop, Espinosa is best reserved for the later rounds in standard mixed league drafts. (Updated 12/11/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/19/13||@ SD||4:10 pm||Andrew Cashner|
|5/20/13||@ SF||10:15 pm||Ryan Vogelsong|
|5/21/13||@ SF||10:15 pm||Matt Cain|
|5/22/13||@ SF||3:45 pm||Madison Bumgarner|
|5/24/13||PHI||7:05 pm||Kyle Kendrick|
|5/25/13||PHI||7:15 pm||Jonathan Pettibone|
|5/26/13||PHI||1:35 pm||Cole Hamels|