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Did Jayson Werth Have the Best Season in Nationals History?

Jayson Werth’s performance coming into the 2013 season was anything but a certainty. Werth was coming off a season in which he had suffered a gruesome wrist injury that cost him 81 games and sapped him of his power when he did return. He was 33 going on 34, and it had been 3 years since his last truly productive season, 2010 in Philadelphia. Werth responded to the criticisms and question marks by having arguably the strongest season in his 11-year career. Despite being limited by a hamstring issue to only 129 games, Werth tied or exceeded career highs in batting average, slugging percentage, OPS, and wRC+. His season wasn’t just a personal best; his .318 average and .532 slugging percentage were 5th in the National League, his .398 OBP and .931 OPS were 3rd, and his 160 wRC+ was first. Werth’s exploits did not go unnoticed – despite his injury-limited playing time, he finished 13th in the MVP voting, the second-highest he has finished in his career. His performance begs the question that no one on April 1st expected they’d be asking: did Jayson Werth have the best season in Nationals’ history?

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