For the past year, I have been very vocal in my displeasure with Washington Nationals’ right fielder, Jayson Werth. I have referred to him as “Werth-less,” “lousy,” and “just plain awful.” Well, I’m happy to say that Mr. Werth is finally hitting, and in doing so has given himself a batting average of .362 (tenth in the Majors) with a .444 on-base percentage (OBP).
So what has Werth done recently to break out of last year’s funk? Some say it’s the fact that first baseman Adam LaRoche has been effectively getting on base before Werth (LaRoche has hit in 8 of his last 10 games and has a current .333 batting average); others say Werth is “seeing the ball better” (something that this legally blind blogger doesn’t quite understand!). Whatever the reason, Nationals fans are happy that he is hitting and no longer has to be booed by Nats fans.
Jayson Werth is currently third in the Majors with 17 hits, and so far he has had 6 multi-hit games. He looks pretty solid in right field, and manager Davey Johnson has said that right field is where Werth will stay (there were rumors during the off-season that Werth was going to be moved to center field). The $126-million-dollar “Boras Boy” will be with the Nationals until 2017, and hopefully will continue producing consistently.
So on another note… Did you notice that the Nationals are 1 ½ games in front of the Mets in first place in the National League East? Despite their .348 combined slugging percentage, the Nats are on top of their division, due largely in part to their stellar pitching. The Nationals’ starting rotation has combined to post a 1.69 ERA this season, which is by far the best in the league. Nats starters have also held opposing hitters to just a .179 batting average, which makes Nationals’ sluggers breathe a sigh of relief. Third-baseman and #3 in the lineup, Ryan Zimmerman, is off to a slow start, as is catcher Wilson Ramos. In an ideal world, the pitchers would continue to be stellar and the offense could continue to relax. But since this is not Oz or Disney World or some made-up perfect world, Nationals’ batters need to start doing some more hitting – Ian Desmond and Jayson Werth cannot carry this team by themselves!
About the Author
Written by Marien Hornyak
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico but have lived in the continental US for 22 years. I have a BS in Athletic Training and a MEd in Sport Management, where I did my thesis on "The History of Baseball Litigation." I am a wife, mother of 2, and self-proclaimed "Baseball Nerd." My favorite baseball players include Roberto Clemente, Kirby Puckett, and Iván Rodriguez.