Let’s Make Fun of the Nationals… Right Now

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When Cliff Lee busted out his magical whooping stick on Saturday, his batting average briefly eclipsed Jayson Werth's. That's right, Mr. $120 million pitcher had a higher batting average (.220) than $126 million hitter (.217)… if only for a moment. That's funny.

So, now that we've reached the midway point of the first half, let's take a look at the early success of Jayson Werth. Wait, what's that Scoob? There is no success? You such a good boy!

The Washington press is all over him: [Washington Post]

The most conspicuous offender is high-priced free agent signing Jayson Werth, who has four RBI since June 18 and is hitting .217 this season. In his two previous games before yesterday’s win, Werth grounded into a game-ending double play on Saturday, eliciting boos around the stadium, and struck out in the ninth on a pitch in the dirt on Friday.

“I think he’s right on the verge of busting out,” Manager Davey Johnson said of Werth, who hit two balls hard to left field in yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Colorado that ended a three-game slide. “He’s had some history of great second halves. I don’t worry about a guy like Jayson Werth.”

 

On the verge of busting out? What does that mean exactly? Busting out into 12 home run, 40 RBI second half? Because that would be a solid pace for him. Ya know, a little scouting would have told the Nationals that.

But it gets worse for them. They are the 27th most popular team in Major League Baseball: [Washington Post]

For the third year in a row, the Nats finished 27th in the poll, this time ahead only of the Marlins, Padres and Blue Jays, who were obviously penalized by it being a U.S. survey. Since finishing 22nd in their inaugural season, the Nats have gone 24th, 29th, 26th, 27th, 27th and 27th. Consistent, anyhow.

 

Where did the Phillies finish? 7th. Ouch. More on that – a lot more – soon.

H/T to (@DeliaDC11)

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12 Responses

  1. Anytime an article includes the Washington Nationals, it needs the Price Is Right losing horn to accompany it:

  2. Already, Nats fans are taunting Werth with “Jayson Werthless” chants on MASN Postgame. Has the honeymoon period ended already halfway into season one?


  3. Werth is a typical player who was benefited by great players around him and another team felt he was actually a great player himself. Should he continue this trend over a longer period of time just not just half a season then the joke is on them. Werth went for the money plain and simple. Nothing wrong with it but just say it we all know the Nationals aren’t close to winning anything other then a hand full of games in a row.

  4. BaBa: Kudos for the reference from my favorite Dire Straits song! Sounds like Jayson’s having a boatload of fun down in DC! Glorious!

  5. Yeah Werth has a history of good second halves when he’s got 2 former MVPs plus Chase Utley hitting in front of him.

  6. With the home run, Lee briefly raised his batting average (.220 at the time) above that of Jayson Werth (.217). There are a 126 million reasons why that is unexplainable. Further, as if it was some sort of cruel joke, Jair Jurrjens, who recently lost a bet to teammate Tim Hudson when he hit a home run, was on-air with FOX during Lee’s moment. All he could muster up was “oh no, no… are you kidding me? Wow.”

  7. “I think he’s right on the verge of busting out,” Manager Davey Johnson said of Werth, who hit two balls hard to left field in yesterday’s 2-0 victory over Colorado that ended a three-game slide. “He’s had some history of great second halves. I don’t worry about a guy like Jayson Werth.”

  8. Now that we’ve reached the midway point of the first half, let’s take a look at the early success of Jayson Werth. Wait, what’s that Scoob? There is no success? You such a good boy!

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