When Werth Gets Hots, He Gets Hot


werth 082009.jpgJayson Werth
hits his home runs in bunches.

It always seemed like it, anyway, but I never really knew for sure. He hit a another home run last night in a 12-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. He has hit .368 (7-for-19) with five homers and seven RBIs in the past five games.

But does the man really hit homers in bunches or is it just me? Yes, he does:

- He hit .471 (8-for-17) with four homers and 10 RBIs in five games from May 4-8.
- He hit .364 (8-for-22) with four homers and eight RBIs in five games from June 13-18.
- He hit .318 (7-for-22) with five homers and 11 RBIs in seven games from July 3-9, which helped him earn his first National League All-Star selection.
- And then there is this current streak. He has hit a combined .376 (30-for-80) with 18 homers and 36 RBIs in those four streaks, which lasted a combined 22 games.

In 2008, when he wrestled the everyday job in right field from Geoff Jenkins, he also had similar tears:

- He hit .391 (9-for-23) with four homers and six RBIs in five games from April 21-25.
- He hit .471 (8-for-17) with four homers and eight RBIs in five games from Aug. 27-31.
- He hit .250 (4-for-16) with three homers and four RBIs in five games from July 24-31.

“If I could figure that out, there’d be nothing but bunches,” Werth said. “I hate to say it, but they come in bunches. Sometimes you feel good. Sometimes your swing is good. And there’s the opposite side of the coin, too. You take it while you can get it and hold onto it for as long as you can.”

Werth is hitting .270 with 28 home runs and 76 RBIs this season, putting him on pace to finish with a career-high 38 home runs and 105 RBIs.

“I feel good,” Werth said. “I probably feel the best I’ve felt in my career, as far as hitting and comfort and all that stuff.”

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The only problem with Werth’s streak? It coincides with Ryan Howard‘s streak. Howard is hitting .366 (15-for-41) with six homers and 19 RBIs in his past 11 games. He seems to be taking away a few RBI opportunities from Werth. 

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Phillies pitchers did not walk one batter in the three-game series against the Diamondbacks. They got six hits. When is the last time that happened?

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25 Comments

I think streaky hitters are more the norm than the exception in MLB, although it looks like Werth and Ibanez really take it to the extreme. Guys like Pujols and Mauer are freaks, IMO.

The fact that Werth’s steak coincides with Howard’s says it all. It is as if the baseball gods have given a limited pool and you only want to dip into it at the most opportune times.

make that streak not steak.

I agree with phan. Baseball is just a streaky sport. It’s the way it is. In a 162 game season any normal human being is going to have ups and downs. Never get too high, never get too low.

What really impresses me about Werth is his ability to take so many balls out to center. When you are locked in like he has been lately that’s what happens.

Howard seems to be turning it on like he always does at the end of the year. To think about what his #’s would look like if he really was more consistent is scary. I love the guy and think he is worth every penny regardless.

Nothing bad about two players having a hitting streak together. The more the merry! Howard’s homer was aptly described by
T-Mac TITANIC!

This has been a great year but the one constant I can’t stand is McCarthy.

Tom McCarthy is growing on me – like a fungus. I find his “talks” with Sarge disgusting. He loves kissing up to Sarge and he loses track of the game. I miss Harry so much – Ball one, strike one, curve – ball two. Sometimes you just have to let the game play out. McCarthy is not comfortable with “white space” – he feels he has to keep talking. I am close to turning off the volume and listen to the radio except I do like Wheels.

Last night I watched the game on MLB Network, Mitch did a great job. What do the local Phans think of Mitch calling Phillie games?

I don’t get the MLB network. I knew Mitch was doing analysis and studio work, but I didn’t know he was doing games. I can’t imagine it. Does he know when to shut up?

Someone likes Wheels? That’s news to me. I agree with your other thoughts though bob. McCarthy talks wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too much. And one thing he does a lot of that annoys me greatly is this…. “and that’s 4 in a row retired by Hamels” 4 in a row…great. What a feat. And he does it for any amount…sometimes 5 in a row…maybe even 6. He is talking just to talk. When it gets close to a complete game or hits 9 in a row then start talking about it.

Don’t they black out the MLB Network broadcast in the Philly area when the game is on CSN? I just assumed they did and never put MLB on.

I live in LA, the largest English-speaking Mexican city in the world.

I don’t care how bad McCarthy is, I’d rather listen to him ramble on and on than watch the game on Game Day, which just tracks pitches, outs, runs, etc. I don’t think anyone who lives out side of Philly cares like you local Phans who have to put up with it every televised game…..And phan52, is Mitch Williams hated in Philly? I thought he was popular. He’s hilarious when he is on MLB Network, doing analysis. He’s the best sports commentator I’ve ever seen at self-depricating humour. I guess I really AM out of touch with what the Phanbase thinks back home….

erich, Mitchie Poo is well liked by many. I like him a lot because he owned up to losing that dreaded World Series in 1993. I was just at one of the alumni weekend games last weekend and he was greeted very warmly. Phan probably just doesn’t like him but I’d say he is in the minority.

I never said I didn’t like Mitch. Au contraire. I find Mitch very entertaining and I have forgiven him for ’93 long ago, as have most phans. It wasn’t Mitch’s fault that by the time he faced Joe Carter he was totally burned out. He was a big reason they were there in the first place.
I said he doesn’t know when to shut up. I judge this by his performances on Comcast last post-season. I haven’t seen much of him lately because, as I said, I don’t get MLB Network.

I stand corrected phan. I have not seen him do color on MLB Network either but I like his work on postgame live. He’s honest and doesn’t beat around the bush. That’s why I like LA a lot too. I like people who aren’t afraid to call a player on the carpet. Franzke is a great PBP announcer too. He and LA are a really good team and much better than the TV crew.

erichh1 as a fellow out-of-marketer I can’t recommend MLB.TV enough. It is worth every penny.

Everyone seems to agree that the combination of LA and Franzke is the best. If I pay for MLB.com’s radio broadcast package, will I get the local radio or TV feed? Or do I have a choice? Actually I don’t usually have access to a computer when the games are being played, but I’d like to know anyway…..TODD, maybe you could “sell me” on the service.

If you get the Gameday Audio package, you can choose either home or away radio feeds for every game. So you’d be getting LA and Franzke.

phylan, I thought it would be because almost every game is out-of-market, but I haven’t had enough money to get it. Even now I can’t afford it; plus, I don’t have a computer. Poverty suuuucks!

Didn’t think my comment about T-Mac’s description of Howard’s HR last night would bring about a discussion of the Phils broadcast team.

T-Mac and Sarge have grown on me somewhat. I do like it when Sarge says “Cadillac Time” for a HR. That’s fun. But LA and Franske are really superbe. There banter is almost as good as Whitey and Harry. I think given the fact that LA & Franske have only worked for what 5 years or so is an indication that they must enjoy working together. Mitchypoo is a hoot! When he was on CSN for post games, he was excellent. Love him calling Joe Blanton “Hay Hauling Dude”. Would have enjoyed listening to him call the game last night, but it was blacked out in the Philly area.

Just to stay on topic….Werth is awesome! I love watching him at the plate and on the basepaths…he needs to trademark that Werth to 1st double play of his too — maybe call it the Werth Two – W2 for short.

But, I can’t resist weighing in on the announcers too. I love Wheels. He is what I love in an announcer (yes, of course I miss Harry). Next would be LA and Franske. They are really good together. I can tolerate Sarge and TMc (too much intensity) but am very glad when Wheels comes back on. I could do without Cadillac time from Sarge but if that’s part and parcel of hearing the Liberty Bell ring then I’ll deal with it. As for Mitchy Poo, I loved hearing his postgame show when I was back in Philly last summer and wish I could get MLB.TV to hear his commentary. But I’ve chosen MLB.com over MLB.TV (can’t afford both) so I can get every game and post-game on computer (home and away feed choices). I love the package except their feeds sometimes cut off between innings too soon and post game as well. I usually listen to Mitch/Tilly do the Wild Thing on WPHT 1210 online live during home games and then switch over to the MLB audio feed to hear Wheels and Charlie until they bring up the video feed then switch back to the audio feed after the game for LA/Franske and Jim Jackson. Yes, that’s the life of an out-of-market Phillies fan. Sigh! :D

I can’t say that I’ll ever really like Wheels, but I’ve come to accept him for what he is. He sometimes talks to the phans like they are a in a Baseball 101 classroom. Wheels certainly knows the intricacies of baseball better than most, but sometimes you just need to let the pictures do the talking.

jensenohana, I get MLB Network for $5/month as part of a variety package offered by Time Warner. I only pay $26, which includes ESPN 1&2)
TODD, you guys should advertise the MLB Network more, like when it started back on New Years day. The coverage is way better than ESPN Baseball Tonight, which is often only 30 minutes minus commercials. And Mitchie-poo (do Phans really call him that?!) is on every week night for at least an hour.

Thanks for the tip, erichh1, will look into it.

Mitchie-poo got his endearing name from Harry and, apparently, it has caught on with many of us!

Todd, I’ve noticed that you have been writing most of the articles at this site recently. Did it take MLB.com this long to trust you on your own? lol

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