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Jayson Werth on Nationals after getting swept: “We’re a good team.”

Jul 21, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

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With a 9-2 loss to the Dodgers today, victims of a series sweep and losers of six out of their last seven, the Nationals fell to 48-50 in third place in the NL East. Jayson Werth provided all of the offense this afternoon with two solo home runs; the rest of the lineup had just two hits (both singles) in 29 at-bats. Starter Jordan Zimmermann had the worst start of his career, allowing seven runs in two innings of work. As Adam Kilgore put it, “They may now know what the abyss looks like.”

Werth wasn’t willing to be pessimistic.

I think at any moment, this team could take off,” Werth said. “But I’m not going to get into the doom-and-gloom stuff, because we’ve got way too many games to play. I believe in this team. I’ve said it from the beginning. We got a long way to go. We’ll be fine. We’re a good team.”

You can understand Werth’s point of view as well, as he was a member of the 2007 Phillies when they overcome a seven-game deficit with 17 games left to play in the 2007 season to overtake the Mets for the NL East crown. In 2008, the Phillies were 3.5 games behind the Mets with 16 games left and again took home the division title en route to winning the World Series.

Manager Davey Johnson, however, isn’t happy, but appreciate’s Werth’s perspective.

“There’s a good attitude,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “I’m the one that’s frustrated. I’m the one that has trouble sleeping. I feel like we’re going to be fine.”

The Nationals will play a four-game set against the similarly-slumping Pirates. Since the mathematical halfway point of the season, the Buccos are 6-9.

  1. toodrunktotastethischicken - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    This team is too damn talented not to be a contender until the end.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      Then why aren’t they scoring runs? And, honestly, it’s about the worst fielding and baserunning team in baseball.

      I don’t blame Werth for trying to keep chins up over there. If you’re a Nats fan, you have to hope the GM isn’t so deluded.

  2. askingwater - Jul 21, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    Funny. Just yesterday (Saturday) Werth left SEVEN men on base while going 0 for 5. Today he hits two meaningless homers so he is the beacon of optimism. I am a Nats fan, and I will declare that they are an average team this year. Their starting pitching (minus Haren) has made them average; otherwise they’d be terrible. They lost two out of three before the break to the Marlins (and they needed extras to squeeze out that one win). The same Marlins who just went scoreless to the bad news Brewers. The Nats “rest up” and come out of the All-Star break with a stinker series AT HOME. So take the “average” label, Nats, be happy with that, and don’t insult us anymore with this “good team” crap.

  3. stoutfiles - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Danny Espinosa kept saying they were the best team in the NL East. Whatever happened to him?

    • jwbiii - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM

      Broken wrist, DL, optioned. Stinking it up in Syracuse.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      Next time you are in Aisle 5 at the K-Mart, you will know…..

  4. notsofast10 - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    They are a good team….this weekend however, the Dodgers were better!

  5. thebadguyswon - Jul 21, 2013 at 11:33 PM

    By Pythagorean record, they’re even worse than this. What they are is overrated. Good pitching, not enough bats.

  6. Walk - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:42 AM

    The dodgers were not impressed. Perhaps the mariners or stros were, but not the dodgers.

  7. voteforno6 - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:40 AM

    Jayson, good teams hit the occasional sacrifice fly. How many times has this team had base runners on third with less than two outs, and not scored?

    • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      When you lose 9-2, it’s not about sac. flies.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:31 PM

        Saturday’s 3-1 loss in extras was all about sac flies, my man…

  8. recoveringcubsfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    So many things to say…
    One, Espinosa is hitting well in AAA lately; maybe the big club should hire that hitting coach at the MLB level. If you can teach Danny to hit, you can do anything.
    Two, the sac fly comment was right on. What does Rick Eckstein, the current hitting coach, work on with these guys? How to look at strike three with a runner on third (three times on Saturday)? You’d think an Eckstein could teach small ball, wouldn’t you?
    Three, I love Werth. He won’t quit. But dude, could you sit down the whole team and tell the. Some hard truths? Like, you see a hittable pitch in a 2-strike count, you’d better swing.
    Four, the pitching is the only thing that’s been above average this year and otherwise this has been a very hard team to watch. HOWEVER, it is still an amazingly talented team. The performance is maddening for that reason. They couldn’t even justify a trade at this point because…who would you upgrade? Every position has a good player in it. Nobody is hitting the ball. A fucking mystery – but that’s one of the hooks baseball puts in us all!

  9. sumerduckman - Jul 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    Not much of a mystery. The team is hitting .237 with risp, and 6 for the last 67 in the same. Pathetic.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Dude, their overall batting average is .240. Situational hitting in a problem, in that they cannot hit in any situation.

      I’m guessing that the frustrated Nats fans are just listening to the MASN announcers, who consider every bad thing that happens to be the residue of bad luck. But it’s not true. They hit poorly because they have poor hitters. If you want them to play better, get better baseball players to wear the uniform.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        Not sure who gave the thumbs up to this blatant falsehood. Realizing that 18thstreet probably won’t see this because this is past-posting on my part, all I’ll say is: out of Werth, Harper, Zimmerman, Ramos, LaRoche, Rendon, Desmond, and Span (with Span being the closest to average), who is a bad hitter? Go look up some career numbers and then come back and try to justify this statement: “They hit poorly because they have poor hitters.”

        That is simply false. If you want to make good points, do better. (See? Not so easy, is it?)

      • 18thstreet - Jul 22, 2013 at 4:31 PM

        No, I saw it. A good hitting team scores runs. We’re 100 games into the season, so I wouldn’t lean too heavily on 2012 if I were you. 2013 is far more relevant to this discussion.

        I thought it was obvious that the Nats were hoping to win with pitching this year, plus and offense that was just good enough. It’s not a bad way to go, but it’s not working. The pitchers and hitters have both underperformed. And the defense is bad enough that it’s probably partially to blame for the disappointing performance of the pitchers.

  10. myopinionisrighterthanyours - Jul 22, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    I say this is karma for the mismanagement of Strasburg last year. I have no problem that he was on a pitch count, but there is no excuse for not having him available in the playoffs. Nats fans acted like they were assured of being in the WS for the next 5 years with their comments. It’s not as easy as it looks to make the playoffs.

  11. xmatt0926x - Jul 22, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    Mike Rizzo is going to kick all your asses for saying this stuff about the Nats. Don’t you know where he’s from?

  12. louhudson23 - Jul 22, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    They better get humping….64 games left…..need to go 42-22 to win 90.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jul 22, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Sadly enough, while unlikely as hell given their play so far, all the Nats actually have to do is sweep the rest of the season series with the Braves and they would probably make the playoffs. That’s not a very good division.

      Having seen them thus far, though, the chances of the Nats winning even half their games with the Braves – or anybody else for that matter – from here out is approximately the same as Old Gator getting more thumbs up than down for the rest of the season! (Or “zero” for all the numbers geeks out there.)

  13. phillyphannn83 - Jul 22, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Man, natslady has REALLY been in hiding lately. :-)

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