The Washington Nationals’ Jayson Werth made headlines before the season, when he stated that the Philadelphia Phillies would be the Nationals’ biggest competition this season to win the National League East, not the Atlanta Braves.
How does that crow taste, Jayson Werth?
With nearly 40% of the season complete, it appears that Werth was correct about the Phillies being the Nationals’ biggest competition this season. Only it is for second place in the division, not first.
The Braves currently hold a 7.5 game lead over the Nationals, and 8.5 game lead over the Phillies, and it has been a very forgettable season for Jasyon Werth. The Nationals right fielder missed all but one game in May due to injury, and is hitting only .248 on the season, with minimal power or run production.
In other words, Werth’s play this season has been almost as bad as his scroungy beard and disheveled hair.
Sure the Nationals have had many injuries this season, but so have the Braves, with Brandon Beachy, JonnyVenters, Eric O’Flaherty, Brian McCann and Jason Heyward out for all or significant parts of the season.
If Washington doesn’t put it into gear, they may not even make the playoffs. They are currently 5.5 games behind the first wildcard slot and 3.5 behind the second and final slot.
Long way to go this season, but I don’t see the listless Nationals making any noise. They look like a dead team that blew their wad last season.
Key stat thus far, Washington is only 12-12 against NL East teams, while the Phillies are a solid 16-9 and the Braves are even better at 15-6. All three have over half their remaining games this season against NL East opponents.