Braves Serving Nats Jayson Werth Crow

Jayson Werth

Jayson Werth has had a disappointing 2013 season

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.

  • Bob Long

    Plus the fact that the Braves have faced the Nationals more than any other teams in the NL East. The Braves have 32 games remaining against the Mets and Marlins! The Nationals aren’t so lucky, they only have 24 games against the Mets and Marlins and lots of games against teams with better current records than the Nats. Also, the Nats have to play Phillie 10 more times and the Braves 9 more times.
    Tough times for the Nats!!!

    • Jim Hart

      Good points, Bob. The way things stand it would take a monumental collapse for the Braves not to win the division. Not that it can’t happen, like we found out in 2011. But I think this team is a lot better with quite a bit more depth than the ’11 team.

  • Pez

    The Braves also had our top RBI man, Freddie Freeman, on the 15-day DL. Injuries happen to every team. Losers use them for excuses. Ask Don Mattingly…

    • Jim Hart

      Yeah, Don is having a rough year. Sometimes injuries are a legitimate excuse when they go way beyond an average amount, though.