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How low can Jayson Werth go?

Jul 17, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

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$126 million man Jayson Werth went 0-for-5 while his Nationals lost 9-8 to the Braves on Sunday, dropping his average to .213.  He’s followed up a .154 month of June by hitting .157 in his first 51 at-bats during July.

It was Werth’s seventh 0-for-5 this season.  That’s tied for the most in the majors with Juan Pierre and Drew Stubbs.

Werth has played in 91 games for the Nationals, and he’s had multiple hits in just 15 of them.

For the season, only four players have had more games in which they’ve finished with one or no hits:

Dan Uggla (Atl) – 83
Cliff Pennington (Oak) – 77
Casey McGehee (Mil) – 77
Carlos Pena (ChC) – 77
Werth – 76
Mark Reynolds (Bal) – 76

Werth also has just 31 RBI despite batting third in more than half of his games.  He’s on pace to finish the season with 53 RBI and 153 strikeouts, which would put him in some interesting territory.  Here’s a list of the lowest RBI totals in 150-strikeout seasons:

1. Austin Jackson (Det, 2010) – 41 RBI, 170 K
2. Delino DeShields (Mon, 1991) – 51 RBI, 151 K
2. Mickey Tettleton (Bal, 1990) – 51 RBI, 160 K
4. Bo Jackson (KC, 1987) – 53 RBI, 158 K
5. Pete Incaviglia (Tex, 1988) – 54 RBI, 153 K

Werth almost surely will go on a little tear at some point and end the year with 60-70 RBI, but if not, he could end up with one of the more unique seasons in big-league history.

  1. aclassyguyfromaclassytown - Jul 17, 2011 at 6:18 PM

    Is Washington beggining to see why Philly laughed so hard when they heard the deal he signed for with the Nats? He’s a good player, but not that good of a player. Besides, we was better on the Phillies with the other guys around him than he’ll ever be in Washington. Can’t blame the guy for taking a deal worth that much money, but you can blame the team for making that big of an offer.

  2. parasonic - Jul 17, 2011 at 6:46 PM

    I think Vinny Cerrato made this deal.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 17, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    I am shocked that Adam Dunn is not on the top of those futility lists.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jul 17, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      Dunn has only played in 81 games, which pretty much rules him out for the list. Of course, he has multiple hits in just eight of them, so his percentage is worse than Werth’s.

      He also doesn’t get to five at-bats very often on account of the walks. He’s had eight games this season of at least five at-bats and gotten hits in six of them.

      Dunn and Alex Rios are tied for the most 0-fors this year (min. 3 at-bats). They’ve had 38. Two more than Uggla.

  4. jamie54 - Jul 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

    But will Scott Boras update his big fat binder with all these stats and make Werth give money back? Not a chance.

  5. FC - Jul 17, 2011 at 8:09 PM

    To think: Ben Francisco has a higher avg and the same RBI Total… in 20 less games.

  6. mikeypa - Jul 17, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    It is a sure sign of success when you are compared to a start like Uggla…..

  7. schmedley69 - Jul 17, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Wolfman Hack is the perfect example why Scott Boras is bad for baseball.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    At least he drove up the price on Crawford, who is having about as bad of a season. If those two go out in public together they are liable to be chased down by a fantasy baseball lynch mob.

  9. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

    At this point, I’m wondering if there is a bonus clause in his contract for winning “Comeback Player of the Year”.

  10. bigleagues - Jul 18, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    By the way, any time you have a chance to go down in history with Tettleton and Inky I think you have to do whatever it takes to make that happen.

    And this may well go down as the most unfortunate quote ever . . .

    “I just like to think that, just me being here, you know, is enough. I don’t even have to take a bat out there.”

    . . . even if it were intended as a joke. Or was it?

  11. xmatt0926x - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    I was never much of a Werth guy. He always seemed to be one of those cocky guys with a constant smirk on his face whenever he was being interviewed but I actually felt bad for him this season until last week when he said that he hoped that just being on the field would be enough for his teammates. Come on. A guy who never batted .300 or had 100 rbi’s in his 2 or 3 full seasons played says his presence alone is enough? Have fun being booed for the next 6 years.

  12. skerney - Jul 18, 2011 at 4:59 AM

    Barry Zito can now sleep at night knowing he isn’t the biggest bank robber in the NL.

  13. cup0pizza - Jul 18, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    He banged Utley’s wife in Philly.

  14. nocryinginbaseball07 - Jul 18, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    That’s disgusting!

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