Washington Nationals’ Ian Desmond Quietly Becoming MLB’s Hottest Hitter
Ian Desmond, last season’s National League Silver Slugger award winner, is at it again for the Washington Nationals. After today’s 4-for-4 performance in the Nationals’ 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, Desmond’s hitting streak now sits at 15 games.
Desmond’s bat has been hot right from the get-go for the D.C. ball club. In the month of April, the 27-year-old shortstop held a batting average of .301 with three home runs and eight RBIs. On top of the instant scoring threat that he presented to opposing pitchers, Desmond also was able to put himself in scoring position with 10 doubles and two triples.
His productivity tapered off in May, as his averaged dropped to just .220 and at times, it appeared as though he was headed for a slump. Over the span of May 15-18, Desmond went on a four-game hitless streak. However, that was the only time all month and just the third time this season, that he went at least two consecutive games without a hit, and it was the longest hitless streak he’s faced all season.
Desmond’s recent success isn’t the only time this year that he has gotten on a hot streak at the plate. Earlier this season, Desmond also went on a ten-game hitting streak between late-April and early-May.
Thursday marked the 15th consecutive game in which Desmond got a hit. Dating back to May 27 against the Baltimore Orioles when the streak began, Desmond has been giving opposing pitchers fits, finding ways to consistently put the bat on the ball and collect a hit. Over the span of his current 15-game hitting streak, Desmond has hit .425 with two home runs and 11 RBIs.
On a related note, Nationals rookie Anthony Rendon is making the most of his second stint in the majors this season. Since his return to the majors at the beginning of June, the Nationals’ second baseman has a hit in each of his first seven games with four RBI.
Last season, Desmond was awarded the first Silver Slugger of his career. If the trend that he has set continues, he could see himself hoisting that trophy again at season’s end.