Washington Nationals: Michael Morse Hitting His Way to Team's MVP

Jason AmareldCorrespondent IIJune 6, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 05:  Infielder Michael Morse #38 of the Washington Nationals celebrates after defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on June 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nationals defeated the Diamondbacks 9-4 in eleven innings.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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After signing Jayson Werth to the largest contract in team history, the Washington Nationals expected him to lead the team in most offensive categories.  Jayson Werth has struggled to find his stroke so far this season, and 1B/OF Michael Morse has taken the reigns as the team's most consistent hitter.

So far this season, Morse leads the team with a .310 BA and 33 RBI. He is also second in home runs, with nine.  In his last game, he took one of the greatest pitchers in baseball over the fence and hit a two run double to give the National a lead in a tight ball game. Morse continues to come up with big hit after big hit; he is currently batting .302 with runners in scoring position.

As the Nationals look to lean on an abundance of young talent, Morse fits in perfectly at age 29, giving them a good balance of veteran and young talent. With Morse and Werth in the corners of the outfield, they both have potential to have big years and help get the Washington Nationals out of the cellar of the NL East. 

Michael Morse has never been an everyday player: the most games he has ever played in a season was 98. He is one pace to play in over 150 games, and have career numbers in each of the major offensive categories. With a chance to play everyday, Morse is making a serious case to stay in the Nationals plans for the future, as they continue to beef up their line up to compete with perennial division winner Philadelphia Phillies.

If Morse continues his success, he could hit his way into a starting position for the Washington Nationals for the next few seasons. He is currently on pace to hit 24 HR and drive in 85. Look for his numbers to continues to improve as he gets more and more at bats.