The Nationals' two biggest offseason additions, Daniel Murphy and Ben Revere, have produced very different results with their new team through the first six weeks of the 2016 season. Murphy has been on fire as the Nats' hottest hitter, while Revere missed a month with an oblique injury and has yet to find his swing in the nine games since he's been back.
Revere, who has hit for .300 or better for three straight seasons, is understandably frustrated. He's batting just .093 and hasn't been able to provide the impact he knows he's capable of bringing atop the Nationals lineup.
Revere reached base on a walk in Sunday's loss to the Marlins, but is just 4-for-41 since returning on May 6 in Chicago. It's an unusual feeling for Revere, who had never experienced an oblique injury before this one.
"I feel like Charles Barkley and all those guys from Space Jam with all their power taken from them," he said.
Revere has been speaking with a friend of his who played in the big leagues and others who have dealt with oblique problems before. He has also received support from his teammates and coaches over the last few weeks.
"I told them just don't give up on me yet," Revere said. "To the fans: don't give up on me yet. I'm going to keep fighting. By the end of the year, hopefully I can bring great [success] to this ballclub."
Revere only has six strikeouts in his 10 games this season. Most of his outs have been on balls put in play. Before Sunday, Revere was 0-for-22 with zero strikeouts in his previous five games.
He's making contact, the hits just aren't falling in. Revere currently has a .108 batting average on balls in play. That is extraordinarily low.
"[I need] a couple of bunts or a couple of flares or something. Even some flares are getting caught and hard balls are getting caught. Everything. Hard groundballs right at them. You're supposed to hit it where they ain't," he said.
Revere has drawn positives from the fact he's making good contact and from his success in getting deep in counts. His second strikeout on Sunday came in a full count in the ninth inning.
"The average doesn't say I'm doing great on paper, but it's going to come along," he said.
Revere takes solace in knowing it's just a nine-game slump and all big leaguers go through them. It won't be easy breaking out of his current slide against the Mets, whom the Nats have next beginning on Tuesday. And it won't be easy against the likes of Noah Syndergaard and their vaunted pitching staff.
Revere, though, is staying positive.
"Hopefully I get a good night's sleep and then on the off-day walk around New York and get my magic back and my rhythm back and help these guys out with something. That's all I want to do is just help this team win as much as possible," he said.