OK, one more Jayson Werth stat, and then I’m done for now.
Since July 1, Werth has a .404 batting average, which is the best in the majors by quite a wide margin.
The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre ranks second in batting average since July 1 with a .372 mark, and the Tigers’ Victor Martinez is right behind Beltre at .371. But Werth’s hot streak over the last six weeks or so crushes just about anyone else’s in the game.
With one more save, Rafael Soriano will notch the third 30-save campaign of his career, joining the 2012 season (42 saves with the Yankees) and 2010 campaign (45 saves with the Rays).
Assuming Soriano gets to that 30th save, he’ll become the fourth Nationals closer to reach that mark in a season, joining Tyler Clippard (32 in 2012), Drew Storen (43 in 2011) and Chad Cordero (47 in 2005, 37 in 2007).
Soriano is currently fourth in the National League in saves, and is just one behind Jason Grilli and Edward Mujica for a tie for second.
Among the top 26 closers in the saves department, Soriano has the third highest batting average against at .246. Orioles closer Jim Johnson (39 saves, .260 batting average against) and Yankees closer Mariano Rivera (35 saves, .253 batting average against) have also posted high save numbers despite opposing hitters still hitting them fairly well.
Since the start of August, the Nationals’ starting staff has gone 3-1 with an impressive 2.98 ERA.
It’s a small sample size for sure - just eight games - but Steve McCatty’s starters have done nice work since the calendar page turned, surrendering just one home run in 48 1/3 innings while allowing just 2.4 walks per nine innings and striking out 7.8 batters per nine.
As always with this team, though, it comes back to offense.
The Nationals are a ridiculous 50-14 (.781) when scoring three runs or more this season. When scoring two or fewer runs, the Nats are just 6-46 (.115).
The Nats have scored less than three runs in 52 games this season, the second-highest total in the majors behind just the Marlins.
Miami has scored two or fewer runs 57 times this season.