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Leftovers: Daniel Murphy showing willingness to take what he's being given

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The morning after every Washington Nationals game this season we'll revisit the previous day's buffet to over-analyze a morsel of information, nugget from the box score, or tasty treat from the post-game quotes.

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Much will -- and should -- be made about Stephen Drew and Jayson Werth's home runs in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves.

Drew hit 17 homers last season, so he's still got some pop. His defense isn't the greatest, but he can play three positions, and give the Nats some pop off the bench late or allow a starter, in this case, Anthony Rendon, a night off.

Werth, on the other hand, has seen his power wane in recent seasons. It's partly age -- it catches up to all of us, as his bat speed is obviously slowing down to what's known as "slider speed."

He's guessing more, which means a few more bad-looking swings and a few more strikeouts. And some of it clearly is a result of several hand/wrist injuries over his career.

But as he proved Wednesday night, when he guesses right and gets a good swing on a fastball he can still put a charge into it, as he deposited a Matt Wisler fastball into the area formerly known as the Red Porch.

But I don't want to close without mentioning what happened in between.

Daniel Murphy walked.

This might not seem a big deal, but he's doing that so much more frequently now than he ever did as a Met.

I know, SSS (small sample size) and all. But he's already walked six times in 28 plate appearances. His career high is only 39, and he's on pace to pass that in May.

He can't hit .500 all season long, but he is proving that he can take a walk. If he can keep his OBP 80-100 points higher than his batting average, he's going to be an even more valuable hitter than the Nats ever imagined.

Is he getting fewer pitches to hit in front of a struggling Werth? Probably.

But he's also not expanding his strike zone, taking what's given him, and taking his base when he's not knocking the crap out of the ball. It's all positive, and very valuable. A guy that makes elite-level contact that's also willing to take a walk? Win-win.