After hitting just .212 during the month of June, renowned beard-ist and Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth exploded in the first week of July, going 9-for-20 (.450), including four straight games of multiple hits.
Werth went 9-for-14 over that four-game stretch, driving in eight of his MLB-best nine RBIs in two games apiece against the Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs.
Over Werth’s past seven games, the Nats are 4-2, including a July 5 thumping of the Cubs in the nation’s capital. In that game, Werth socked two doubles, went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs. Werth started off the month with a 2-for-3, two-run, two-double day against the Rockies, driving in three runs on July 1.
Over the course of Werth’s torrid week, he upped his average from .268 to .282, scoring at least one run in five of his seven games and leading the majors in slugging (1.000), with five doubles and two home runs.
What was the biggest difference between slumbering June Werth and July Werth with Karate Chop Action? He just had to stand a little taller. Before last Tuesday’s tilt with the Rockies, Werth adjusted his stance so that he’d be able to get more on top of the baseball with his swing. The result? A National League-best 20 total bases.
Previous Players of the Week
June 23-29: Altuve
June 16-22: Kershaw
June 9-15: McCutchen
June 2-8: Beltre
May 26-June 1: Encarnacion
May 19-25: Wainwright
May 5-May 11: Smith
April 28-May 4: Tulowitzki
April 21-27: Abreu
April 14-20: Morneau
April 7-13: J. Upton
March 31-April 6: Stanton
Scout Hot Sheet June 30-July 6: Jayson Werth
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