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Thursday, September 27, 2012

CSN: Ex-Phillie Werth thrives on boos in Nats’ win

As Senator turned maximist author, Francois de La Roche Foucault, once noted…“A man’s Werth has its season, like throwing fruit.”

Werth also capped off a three-run rally in the ninth with a two-run single. The hit came after a bit of an incident where it appeared as if the Nats’ rightfielder faked tossing a foul ball into the crowd to a group of kids before tossing it aside into the dugout.

Won’t someone please think of the children?

“Earlier in the game I flipped a ball into the seats to a fan and it flipped off her hand and landed on someone else’s lap. Then a guy reached over—a Phillies fan—and grabbed the ball off her lap and threw it back onto the field,” Werth explained.

“In the ninth I was going to flip the ball to a group of kids and behind them was all these unruly, middle-aged men who to me appeared to be snarling. It’s the ninth, so who knows. I got the sense that maybe they were intoxicated. I was going to flip it to the kids and then thought maybe not because of the group behind the little innocent children there, remembering what happened earlier in right field.”

...But you know what? It’s all OK with Werth. He says he actually understands what being a fan in Philadelphia means.

“I’ve played a lot of games here and I’m fairly aware of how the fans can be and the way they do things around here,” Werth explained. “I’m not the first guy to get booed nor will I be the last. It’s just part of the game that makes for exciting baseball. These people are passionate.

Repoz Posted: September 27, 2012 at 05:26 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Esoteric Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM (#4247026)
Werth will never be worth the amount of money on his contract, of course -- this goes without saying -- but it's worth pointing out that not only has he returned solidly to his career norms this year, he's actually changed himself into a genuinely good leadoff hitter, which is something the Nats have never had. He's putting up a .393 OBP and a 125 OPS+ and seems to have come back from his recent injury without a hitch. Not much home run power, but that's not as much of a problem when you're batting leadoff.
   2. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: September 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM (#4247040)
Werth's change in approach is really cool, and I think you pretty much have to give most of the credit to Davey.

Werth by K%, BABIP, and XBH% through his career:

24% K, ,161 Iso, .389 BABIP - 2007
25% K, .225 Iso, .324 BABIP - 2008
23% K, .238 Iso, .304 BABIP - 2009
23% K, .236 Iso, .352 BABIP - 2010
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25% K, .157 Iso, .286 BABIP - 2011
17% K, .138 Iso, .361 BABIP - 2012

He's maintained pretty much the same (quite good) walk rate through all these seasons. Werth lost his power stroke, but he's been remade as a different hitter in a very short period of time. He's probably a little lucky in BABIP this season, but with the huge drop in K-rate, Werth should be able to maintain a good OBP even if he loses 30-40 points of BABIP.

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