Baseball for the Thinking Fan

Login | Register | Feedback

btf_logo
You are here > Home > Baseball Newsstand > Baseball Primer Newsblog > Discussion
Baseball Primer Newsblog
— The Best News Links from the Baseball Newsstand

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
  Tags: nats, phillies

Reader Comments and Retorts

Go to end of page

Statements posted here are those of our readers and do not represent the BaseballThinkFactory. Names are provided by the poster and are not verified. We ask that posters follow our submission policy. Please report any inappropriate comments.

   1. Depressoteric 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
------------
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.

You must be Registered and Logged In to post comments.

 

 

<< Back to main

BBTF Partner

Support BBTF

donate

Thanks to
Chicago Joe
for his generous support.

Bookmarks

You must be logged in to view your Bookmarks.

Hot Topics

NewsblogOMNICHATTER 8-21-2014
(22 - 5:59pm, Aug 21)
Last: TerpNats

Newsblog10 episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ every sports fan needs to watch
(7 - 5:57pm, Aug 21)
Last: AJMcCringleberry

NewsblogDowney: Let Pete Rose in the Hall of Fame already
(2 - 5:57pm, Aug 21)
Last: Tom (and his broom)

NewsblogCubs place struggling Edwin Jackson on the disabled list
(27 - 5:57pm, Aug 21)
Last: McCoy

NewsblogPrimer Dugout (and link of the day) 8-21-2014
(29 - 5:52pm, Aug 21)
Last: Batman

NewsblogOT: Politics, August 2014: DNC criticizes Christie’s economic record with baseball video
(4788 - 5:51pm, Aug 21)
Last: The Id of SugarBear Blanks

NewsblogMegdal: Humble shortstop Marty Marion should be in Hall contention
(37 - 5:49pm, Aug 21)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: The Soccer Thread August, 2014
(474 - 5:44pm, Aug 21)
Last: ursus arctos

NewsblogGiants plan to protest bizarre loss at Wrigley
(94 - 5:44pm, Aug 21)
Last: Spahn Insane

NewsblogFG: Brian McCann Probably Couldn’t Be Given Away For Free
(17 - 5:36pm, Aug 21)
Last: Walt Davis

NewsblogOT: Monthly NBA Thread - August 2014
(283 - 5:33pm, Aug 21)
Last: andrewberg

NewsblogIwakuma gives Mariners a second true ace
(28 - 5:14pm, Aug 21)
Last: Wins Above Paul Westerberg

NewsblogPosnanski: The Royals might actually know what they are doing
(73 - 5:04pm, Aug 21)
Last: Barry`s_Lazy_Boy

NewsblogLA Times: Angels' Garrett Richards Suffers Knee Injury in Win Over Red Sox
(40 - 4:52pm, Aug 21)
Last: The District Attorney

NewsblogNick Swisher undergoes surgery, is out for the year
(6 - 4:23pm, Aug 21)
Last: madvillain

Page rendered in 0.1234 seconds
52 querie(s) executed