Most baseball fans know by now that Jayson Werth called his team out following Wednesday's game, the completion of a sweep at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers, and that his attempt to clear things up was more about saving face than setting the record straight.
"What was said, however it was said, what happened from there, where it was taken from there, that's way out of my control."
He went on to say this, “I didn’t want to get into it, there’s more to it than that. If you want to start talking about it, we can talk about it. Why doesn’t Teddy get to win? There’s a lot of things. There’s a lot of things I said I had on my mind. There’s thing we need to change. It’s not just one thing. It’s not just two things. There’s some things that I see that are going on that need to be changed in order for us to win ballgames. That’s all. You guys write what you want to write. Whatever.”
It is interesting that Werth got so defensive. The fact that he brushed it off by mentioning the Presidents race at Nationals Park jokingly seems as though he was trying to claw his way out of the mess he's made.
Hopefully the negative attention he is receiving will die down and the Nationals can turn the corner and start to play better ball, but with the current roster, even with the return of Ryan Zimmerman around the corner, changes do need to be made. Werth wasn't wrong, and that seems to have gotten lost in this whole debacle.
The Nationals are hitting .228 as a team, which ranks 29th in the league. They trail only the Padres in that category. This stat has to improve. The Nationals have to start hitting and producing in the clutch. They have hit just .227 with RISP, which ranks 20th among all 30 teams. The question is how can the Nationals do this without jeopardizing their future or ruining any team chemistry?