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Jayson Werth didn't see this success as a leadoff hitter coming. How could he? With the Philadelphia Phillies his job was at the other end of the spectrum.
Sitting in a dugout thick with South Florida humidity Wednesday afternoon, manager Davey Johnson offered perhaps the truest statement about the 2011 Washington Nationals.
For John Lannan, the numbers seem to belie that there are two sureties: While he almost always struggles with the Philadelphia Phillies, he almost always will beat the Atlanta Braves.
On a cloudy August day in 2009, Jonny Gomes stepped to the plate against the Washington Nationals four times. Three times, he homered. Two of the three times, Laynce Nix was on base in front of his right-handed slugging teammate, one of the many triumphant moments the two shared in Cincinnati.
Watching Laynce Nix bounce a two-run single over the head of Houston Astros first baseman Carlos Lee on Monday night, it was hard to believe the slugging left fielder was close to being left off the Nationals' Opening Day roster.
Jason Marquis had arguably the worst outing by a Washington Nationals pitcher all year in his last start, allowing seven runs, six of them earned, in just 1 1/3 innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. After the game, a 10-2 Nationals loss, Marquis was determined to put the start behind him.
Stuck with an injury-stricken squad, Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson turned to usual left fielder Laynce Nix before the top of the seventh inning Monday and, in desperate need of a first baseman, asked the towering Texan when the last time he played the position was.
Home runs had been a rarity for Sean Burnett and Rick Ankiel. For Ankiel, the Washington Nationals outfielder whose season had twice been derailed by injury, the rarity was hitting them. For Burnett, it was giving them up.
Of all of the unattractive stats that have marked the Washington Nationals offense this season, one of the most confounding was their inability to produce with runners in scoring position.