I was goofing around with some Nats box scores today and I noticed that the Nats only real period of winning coincided with Justin Maxwell being on the major league roster. That made me dive in a bit more.
When Jmax has played any part of a game the Nats are 13-7 (.650). Without him we are 20-35 (.363). That is a real big difference!
In games Jmax played in and we lost, he was on the field for the losing run only twice. Both games were blow outs 11-7 game on April 18 in which Marquis gave up 10 runs in the first inning. 10-4 game on April 20th in which Scot Olson gave up 3 homeruns. 4 of the other 5 loses jmax was brought in with the team behind. in the 5th loss we lost in the 13th on a blown play in right field by Guzman. Jmax had started and was pinch hit for earlier when we had a lead.
In games in which the Nationals lost and Jmax played he had 16 plate appearances. hit got 12 ABs, 4 walks and 3 hits so reached base safely .438 percent of the time. Oddly he has rarely helped the offense in wins. He had 1 hit (a game winning home run) in games we won and he appeared. 9 walks and one homerun in 30 plate appearances in wins (21 ABs).
Jmax has a UZR/150 in RF of +24. That is ungodly good.
I have no idea if any of this means anything more than weird streaks happen, but Jmax is a lucky charm with ungodly defensive skills. He has been offensively challenged when the team is already winning and a real tough out when we are losing in 2010.
Napoleon once said it was better to be lucky than good. Lets get JMax back on the major league roster just to see if we start winning again!!!