Latest Update Werth (knee) is not in the Nationals starting lineup on Wednesday Wed Jul, 23, 02:18 PM
Crushes first-pitch fastballs and is a good low-ball hitter. A great athlete with a big frame, he has power, patience at the plate and some speed. Knows how to take a walk. Is a grinder who can play all three outfield positions.
Flaws: : His all-out style can lead to injuries, which was especially the case in the past. He's streaky, and will pile up strikeouts when he's not in a zone at the plate. Doesn't make the most of his athleticism on the base-paths.
With an off-day Thursday, this is a good move for the Nationals as it affords Werth legitimate opportunity to rest and let his knee get better. Scott Hairston will fill in for him.Analyst: Howard Bender
Since the Calendar turned to July, Werth has incontestably been the hottest hitter in baseball. He's slashing .383/.491/.936 with 6 HR, 16 R, and 19 RBI in just 13 games. He's knocking the snot out of the ball after a slow start. The opportunity to buy-low has likely passed. Analyst: Spencer Silva
Werth killed it for fantasy owners down the stretch here in the first half with a .375 average, six home runs and 19 RBI in July. If this is a precursor to a second half similar to last year's, then you're going to want o try and acquire him if you can. Last season's second half was so ridiculous -- he hit .339 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI -- it immediately pushed him into the NL MVP conversation. Obviously there's no guarantee for a repeat, but if he can carry this July momentum into the second half, he's going to be a huge asset to your fantasy squad.Analyst: Howard Bender
Werth is giving his fantasy owners a real nice boost here at the end of the first half. He's homered in three of his last four games and has added six RBI and six runs scored in that span, giving him a total of 11 home runs, 50 RBI and 55 runs scored for the year. That plus a .275 average definitely keeps him in the conversation for top 15 outfielders. Now if he could just have a second half like he did last year, we'd be talking top 10 easily.Analyst: Howard Bender