Matt Williams talked last week about the work Jayson Werth was doing and some of the adjustments he made at the plate after a tough month of June offensively for the 35-year-old Washington Nationals' outfielder.
"He's been working hard in the cage with Rick [Schu]," the Nats' skipper told reporters.
"He stood up a little bit tonight. A little bit taller at the plate. They worked on that early today. And so he said he saw the ball a little better tonight. Which is good."
"He's a big guy," Williams explained.
"If he gets too crouched he tends to get long with his stride. So he just made a minor adjustment, he stood a little taller the plate. It gets him on top of the baseball a little bit more. He was comfortable with that tonight."
The improvements paid off.
After the Nationals' right fielder put up a .212/.297/.293 line with five doubles, a home run, 12 walks and 20 Ks in 25 games and 11 plate appearances in June, Werth went 9 for 20 (.450/.560/1.000) with five doubles, two home runs, five walks and four Ks in six games and 25 PAs between June 30th and July 6th to earn the NL POTW nod.
The announcement was made this afternoon:
On the year, in his fourth year with the Nationals, Werth has a .280/.364/.413 line with 19 doubles and eight home runs in 84 games and 365 PAs over which he's been worth +1.9 fWAR.