Latest Update Adam LaRoche is not in the Nationals' starting lineup on Tuesday. Tue Sep, 02, 05:49 PM
Has the look of a classic first baseman: big and strong with a power bat that produces lots of home runs and RBI. He also catches left-handed and is solid around the bag. Can draw a lot of walks.
Flaws: : Will go on some big strikeout binges and lacks overall consistency at the dish. Also struggles to hit left-handed pitchers regularly. Has very little speed on the bases. Is prone to minor injuries.
Again, another playing the matchups as the Nationals face Clayton Kershaw, so the left handed hitting LaRoche is going to take a seat. Kevin Frandsen is starting instead of LaRoche.Analyst: Mark Kaplan
The fact that the Nationals are facing Clayton Kershaw might be irrelevant because even if there were a right-hander on the mound, LaRoche's back is still bothering him to the point where he wouldn't have been playing anyway. Consider him day-to-day for now.Analyst: Howard Bender
LaRoche was 0-for-3 in three plate appearances Monday, and has just one hit in his last 26 at-bats. In spite of the brutal slump, he still carries a robust .257/.361/.437 triple slash with 19 home runs. It's safe to say the back has contributed to his recent woes at the plate. He should be back in the lineup later this week. Stay tuned for updates. Analyst: Spencer Silva
LaRoche didn't start Tuesday because of back tightness but entered the game late as a pinch-hitter. That alone was a good enough sign that he would be in Wednesday's lineup. He's back at first base and batting fourth in the order.Analyst: Howard Bender