With three swings of his mighty bat on Tuesday night, Washington Nationals‘ Jayson Werth covered eight total bases, racked up two RBIs and scored two runs of his own. Werth had a home run and a pair of doubles in Washington’s 6-3 win over the New York Mets.
He has been one of MLB‘s best hitters since the All-Star break and he’s the least talked about NL MVP candidate. Werth’s numbers has been at or better than the players that are atop the NL MVP watch list. In the months of July, August and September, he’s batted .363 with 14 home runs and 48 RBIs.
If those aren’t the numbers of an MVP candidate over a two and a half month spread, I don’t know what is. He’s been playing at an MVP level the past couple months and isn’t getting enough credit for it.
On the season, and keep in mind he missed nearly a month thanks to injury, Werth’s has a batting average of .328 with 23 home runs, 71 RBIs and a .401 on base percentage. In the NL, he now ranks second in batting average, fourth in OBP percentage and is tied for seventh in home runs.
Werth should certainly be at least a dark horse for the NL MVP award. Statistically, he’s been up near the top of the charts with some of the game’s best hitters and has been clutch for the Nationals this year. His performance Tuesday night against the Mets couldn’t have been a better example. Werth was the driving force in their victory and has been for some time now.
Show him some love, MLB, and put him on the NL MVP watch list.