Washington Nationals center fielder Denard Span has been fantastic at the plate over his last 24 games in which he has collected a hit in each one of them. It is the longest hitting streak of Span’s career. What makes it even better is that it has been a huge part of why the Nationals have come within four and a half games of the Cincinnati Reds for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
With only 15 games left on the regular season, Washington will have to make sure they leave everything on the field if they want to punch their ticket to the postseason. So far, they have done exactly that, as they have been victorious in seven straight contests. At this point, the Nationals will continue to lean on their hitters, in particularly Span, down the stretch.
“He’s been great,” manager Davey Johnson said, according to Natioanls.com. “It’s not only he’s had a hitting streak, but his on-base percentage has been off the charts. He was down around, before he started, I think he was down around .300, .306, or something like that. Now, he’s up over .330, I think, which is important, him getting on, setting the table.”
Span is batting .333 with one home run, two RBI and a .370 on-base percentage in Washington’s last nine victories. He is not the guy that is going to power the Nationals to a win, but he certainly has been getting on base in front of the sluggers so that Washington can still make some noise on a nightly basis.
It is certainly a long shot to clinch a playoff berth considering the Nationals do not play the Reds for the rest of the regular season. The only thing they can hope for is that the St. Louis Cardinals drop out of first place in the NL Central division and begin playing for a Wild Card spot. The reason for this is because Washington will play a three-game series against St. Louis during the last week of the season.