The Washington Nationals continue to win and remain atop the NL East. Much of that success is due to great hitting from a select few players in the Nats’ lineup. One of those players is center fielder Denard Span.
In the month of August, Span is hitting for a .342 average. He leads the Nationals with 39 hits in that same stretch. Span is the epitome of a leadoff hitter and is exactly what the team needs going into the final weeks of the season.
The last minute push before playoff time is crucial for the Nationals to find those players that they will be able to rely on come postseason. Span is a leader not only in the outfield, but to the rest of the team. He accounts for 16 of the Nats’ runs in the month of August and has seven stolen bases to go along with eight hits for extra bases. When Span gets to the plate, he is creating scoring situations for the Nationals.
Span remains as the team’s sole hitter with a season batting average over .300. More importantly though, when Span gets on base, he scores. Span is second on the team in terms of runs scored. That type of production is exactly what the Nationals need come playoffs. As a team that wins close ballgames, the Nationals understand the importance of small ball and Span is a player that fits right into that system.