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Span’s patience paying dividends

Apr 10, 2013, 9:40 PM EDT

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Denard Span entered tonight’s game with a .500 on-base percentage.

The Nationals knew they were getting a classic leadoff hitter in Denard Span, but they might not have fully appreciated how much his patience at the plate would pay dividends throughout their lineup.

Seven games into the season, Span is not only getting on base. He’s really making pitchers work before he gets on base.

Span enters tonight’s game against the White Sox having reached base in 15 of 31 plate appearances, good for a .484 on-base percentage that ranks sixth in the NL. He’s also seeing a hefty 4.29 pitches per at-bat, seventh-most in the league.

“I’m a firm believer in not giving away at-bats,” he said. “Even if it is me swinging at the first pitch, I want to make sure it’s a good pitch and put a good, quality swing on it. And if I make an out, I want to make a quality out. That’s a big part of my game.”
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  1. SonnyG10 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    You go, Denard!!!

  2. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Span Fans, unite!

  3. djinFl. - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    I am with you 1a

  4. TheBorg - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    ThisIsDSpan!

  5. Christopher Cohen - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Here's a surprising stat: Neither Jayson Werth or Bryce Harper have drawn a walk so far this season.

  6. Gonat - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Umpires stuck in traffic? Haven't heard that excuse before.

  7. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    I'm with you Sonny and 1a!

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