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The Baseball Show: Werth, Clippard leading the way

Aug 31, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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With the Nationals closing the NL Wild Card deficit to 6.5 games this past week, there is a renewed hope that a playoff berth is possible. Mark, Jim Duquette and Chris Miller took stock of the Nats as they move into the month of September on last night’s Baseball Show.

In the first video they discussed the recent tear by Jayson Werth and how he has been the central figure of the Nats’ resurgence:

Tyler Clippard has also been a big part of the Nationals run pitching out of the bullpen. In the second video they look at how reliable he has been this season, and whether he should get a shot in the closer role:

And finally, in the third video, they review what has been an overall strong month of August for the Nationals. They have one more game to play tonight, but they sit 16-10 on the month which is easily their best 30-day stretch of the season.

  1. Eugene in Oregon - Aug 31, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    Couldn’t watch last night’s game live, but watched the MLB.tv condensed version this a.m. without knowing the final score ahead of time. Very frustrating, even in a 15-minute version. And almost a clich├ęd example of this year’s woes: Good pitching but little hitting, combined with a costly mistake in the field. The loss was especially hard to take given that both the Reds and the Diamondbacks lost — coulda, woulda, shoulda…and all that. When the history of the 2013 season is written, I hope somebody adds up the number of games in which the Nats gave up three or fewer runs and still lost. That will be the most telling statistic on the season, I suspect.

  2. Section 222 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    EiO, that is indeed a very telling stat. And Baseball-Reference has it all laid out for us:

    Here’s the table for this year so far:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/inning_summary.cgi?year=2013&team_id=WSN

    in games where we have given up 3 or fewer runs, we are 43-25.

    And here’s 2012:

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/play-index/inning_summary.cgi?year=2012&team_id=WSN

    Last year in games where we gave up 3 or fewer runs, we were 52-14.

    The biggest difference is in games where we gave up either 2 or 3 runs:

    2012: 38-14
    2013: 20-25.

    I guess you could say that’s the difference between a playoff team and a .500 team.

  3. Hiram Hover - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Werth has been great–a good presence and role model all along, and much more productive than the last two years.

    It’s a shame to think that what could easily be his most productive year as a Nat–3.1 fWAR, 3.6 rWAR, and counting–will probably come in a year when they don’t make the playoffs.

  4. nats128 - Aug 31, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    Eugene, I was there in person last night and boiled over with emotion after another close loss. The questions once again center around the Disgrace of Franchise as someone called him. He makes the routine plays look difficult as he wont move his feet to get in front of balls and doesnt use proper discretion like last night on when to eat a ball. He no longer makes any plays which have a higher degree of difficulty.

    How long can this team call it his shoulder and put up with mistakes. His offense doesnt make up for his defense at 3rd base. Its a difficult decision and I personally dont think he will improve next year or the year after. I think what you see with Ryan is what you have. A poor defensive 3rd baseman.

    Last in the Majors:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/leaders.aspx?pos=3b&stats=fld&lg=all&qual=y&type=1&season=2013&month=0&season1=2013&ind=0&team=0&rost=0&age=0&filter=&players=0

    • natsguy - Aug 31, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      nats128,

      Shoulders are hard to fix. It is also affecting his hitting and power. People have retired over less. Playing through it last year was probably a bad idea. Same thing is going on with Espinosa. At least Rzim admitted he had an injury.

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ATLANTA 66 61 7.0
MIAMI 63 63 9.5
NEW YORK 60 68 13.5
PHILADELPHIA 56 71 17.0
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