Washington Nationals: Why is Jayson Werth Not an MVP Candidate?

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When the Washington Nationals signed Jayson Werth to the huge contract, many saw it as a bad team having to overpay for any form of relevancy, since the team was still years away from being competitive, and Werth would be in the twilight of his career at that point.

Well, those people were only right for one year. Werth had a down first year of his contract, and Washington finished a game under .500, while year two was something of a reclamation for Werth, though he did get hurt and miss most of the season, he batted over .300 and was the player Washington expected he would be when he was signed for seven years and $126 million.

2013 has been a totally different story for Werth, as he is fully healthy and is just tearing the cover off the ball, pushing his slash line all the way up to .324/.403/.530 and now has 20 home runs and 60 RBI, well on his way to his best year in a Nationals uniform. Werth has literally put Washington on his back, and has been an offensive machine this season, and if Washington does make the playoffs, it will be hard to argue that it will be all because of Werth. Many believed Bryce Harper was going to be the MVP, but the argument can be made for Werth.

So why is nobody talking about him?

Well, it could be because of the month of August that Werth has had, where Werth had a slash line of .395/.495/.630, since before this month, Werth was around his career norms, about .260-.270, but Werth has pushed his average almost 50 points upward and does not seem to be slowing down, though baseball is a fickle sport.

Werth has played himself right into the NL MVP discussion. Of course, much like Mike Trout in 2012, it may not matter if Washington misses the playoffs, but if they do, Werth could and should be a frontrunner, and it would be hard to argue against him.

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