Morse caps breakout season with 31st home run, likely to sit in finale

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Michael Morse blasted his 31st home run of the season Tuesday night, tying the game at 1 in an eventual 3-2 walk-off loss for the Nationals and he ended the game with a .303 batting average.

Turns out, that will most likely be where his season stats stay for 2011. Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he does not expect to play Morse on Wednesday as the Nationals help close down Sun Life Stadium, citing the fact that he felt Morse looks a little worn down by the season and he’d like to get a few other guys in the lineup in the final game.

The slugging left fielder has had a career year and is just the second player in the last 19 years to earn the franchise’s triple crown award. 

I wrote about Morse’s phenomenal year earlier today, so you can check that out here.

Here’s Morse’s final stat line: .303 AVG, .360 OBP, .550 SLG, 31 HR, 95 RBI, 36 2B, 36 BB, .910 OPS.

He ranks 20th in the major leagues in average, 10th in slugging percentage, tied for 13th in home runs and tied for 22nd in RBI.

“Like I said before, it’s an accomplishment just to get in the lineup everyday,” Morse said Tuesday night. “I always thought I’m a good enough hitter to play everyday and I got an opportunity.”

Asked if he would mind playing on Wednesday with the risk that he could potentially drop his average below .300 on the season and Morse just shrugged.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “I’m trying to win games.”

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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