Another Morse homer powers Nationals to lead over Orioles

Since the start of the 2010 season, Michael Morse has logged 465 at-bats. He’s homered 28 times, driven in 83 runs and hit .297.

Just for fun, here’s Jayson Werth’s stat line in 2010: 554 at-bats, 27 homers, 85 RBI and a .296 average. He finished eighth in the National League MVP vote.

Any remaining doubters about Morse’s ability to be a legitimate force in a lineup have to be about ready to give it up, don’t they? He hit his 13th homer of the season in the Nationals’ 71st game, and this one came in a big spot, with the game tied at 1 in the sixth inning and Ryan Zimmerman on second base.

Morse tore into a Brian Matusz changeup, putting it in the Nationals’ bullpen - when he’s hitting well, he’s got legitimate power to right field - and the Nationals have a 4-2 lead in the top of the seventh over Baltimore.

Morse will play first base the rest of this year, and get his shot to cement his spot in the Nationals’ lineup of the future. He could be an attractive trade chip this summer as a cheap, controllable bat, but it’s tough to see the Nationals parting ways with him the way he’s going. And though Jordan Zimmermann gave up three hits to start the seventh, Washington is in the seventh inning with a shot at its eighth straight win.