May 14, 2011, 10:26 PM EST
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Jayson Werth and the Nationals haven’t been making solid contact all season.
There’s a prevailing belief in baseball that no real conclusions can be drawn about a team until Memorial Day. By that point, the season is about 33 percent complete, and typically a team’s performance through late May is going to be fairly representative of its performance by season’s end.
So the Nationals still have time to change the narrative of their 2011 season, to establish themselves as something more than a club that gets good pitching and great defense but simply can’t produce at the plate.
But not that much time.
Saturday’s 1-0 loss to the Marlins, as frustrating a game as they’ve played to date, came in their 39th contest of the year. They’ve just about reached the quarter pole, and Memorial Day is only two weeks away. It’s tough to imagine a team hitting a collective .222 in the final week of May suddenly breaking out and becoming an offensive force over the remainder of the season.
Yet inside the home clubhouse at Nationals Park, there remains an overwhelming vibe that this run-producing funk won’t last forever.
“Obviously, we’re working hard and the results just aren’t there,” right fielder Jayson Werth said. “But it’s a long season. It’s a game of averages. We play 162 games in six months, and that’s why they decided to make the season that long.”
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