The Washington Times - July 3, 2011, 07:39PM

Jayson Werth hasn’t been giving the Nationals much bang for their 127 million bucks. Eighty-five games into the season, he’s batting .223, slugging .382 and has an OPS of .708 – well below his career averages of .267, .471 and .833.

What other players this year are putting up those kind of numbers? Answer: Nobody you’d be particularly excited to be compared to. Here are Werth’s four closest matches:


● Russell Martin, C, Yankees: .223 BA, .393 slugging, .723 OPS.

● Sean Rodriguez, infielder, Rays: .219 BA, .400 slugging, .709 OPS.

● Mike Fontenot, infielder, Giants: .207 BA, .391 slugging, .706 OPS.

● B.J. Upton, CF, Rays: .225 BA, .393 slugging, .703 OPS.

In other words, the Nats thought they were getting Jayson Werth – but so far, they’ve gotten B.J. Upton. Yikes.

(Note: Except in Werth’s case, statistics are through Saturday’s games.)