Saturday, May 21, 2011

Line of the Day: May 20th, 2011

OF Jayson Werth of the Washington Nationals homered twice and drove in four runs in the Nationals 17-5 rout of the Baltimore Orioles. His home run was one of six hit by the Nationals' offense and set a team record for most home runs in a game. The 17 runs also set a franchise record.

Line: 4 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 4 RBI; 2 HR, HBP

My fantasy perspective: Werth hasn't lived up to the hype of his free agent contract (7yr/$126M) but few thought he would this season. After a disappointing month of April (hitting just .220 with 4 HR and 7 RBI), he's rebounded in May to hit .286 with 4 HR, 11 RBI and 4 SB so far. At his current pace, Werth could finish the season with 29 HR, 22 SB and 88 Runs but only 66 RBI and a .247 batting average. If he can get his average up to or above his career .269 mark and his RBI total close to the 85 he's averaged per 162 games, fantasy owners will have gotten what they paid for with their 5th or 6th round pick.

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