Over the course of his career-high 36-game on-base streak, 37-year-old Washington Nationals’ outfielder Jayson Werth is 33 for 126, for a .262/.383/.421 line, with 11 doubles, three home runs, 26 walks and 33 Ks in 154 plate appearances.
Werth’s streak is tied for the longest in the majors this season with Miami Marlins’ outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who reached base safely in 36 games between 4/21-5/29, and it’s tied for the second-longest in Nationals’ history (2005-present) with Denard Span’s 36-game on-base streak which Span put together between 6/28-8/10 in 2014.
Werth has to get on in seven more games to tie Ryan Zimmerman for the franchise record (again, 2005-present), which Zimmerman set when he reached base in 43-straight games between 4/8-5/25 in 2009.
Werth has also collected hits in 13 of his last 15 games, over which he’s gone 17 for 58 (.293/.323/.534) with five doubles and three home runs in 62 PAs.
Nats’ skipper Dusty Baker talked about the production he’s getting from his veteran left fielder after Werth went 1 for 4 with a run scored in last night’s 5-1 win over the visiting San Francisco Giants.
“Jayson is a veteran,” Baker said. “He knows how to play and he’s been very valuable in that two-hole.
“If your leadoff man doesn’t get on then there’s a good chance that Jayson is going to get on.”
In 54 games as the Nats’ No. 2 hitter this season, Werth has a put up a .282/.391/.431 line with 11 of his 22 doubles and six of his 13 home runs on the season in 235 PAs out of the two-hole.
“He can still hit the ball out of the ballpark,” Baker continued, “he can clutch hit no matter where he [is] in the lineup.
“He just missed a couple balls tonight. It’s good to see Jayson healthy this long and when he fouled a ball off his foot the other day, we didn’t know how long he’d be out and it was news to my ears today when he said that he was ready and I gladly put him back in the lineup.”
Werth’s back in the lineup tonight as well, trying to extend his streak to a 37th straight game...