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Aggressive baserunning backfires on Werth, Nats

By Andrew Simon

WASHINGTON — Trailing the Mets 2-1 in the sixth inning on Tuesday night, the Nationals got a leadoff double from Jayson Werth before Adam LaRoche slapped a single to left field. Werth, getting the wave from third base coach Bob Henley, steamed around to try to score the tying run but was beaten by left fielder Eric Campbell’s nearly perfect one-hop throw.

In a game filled with missed opportunities, this was one that stood out. Instead of having runners at the corners with no outs, the Nats were left with a runner at first with one out. Two batters later, the inning was over, and Washington never scored another run.

So did Henley err by sending Werth in that situation? After the game, both Werth and manager Matt Williams defended the decision, for two main reasons.

1) The Mets’ defense was shifted against the left-handed LaRoche, putting three infielders to the right side of second base, with no shortstop in position to hold Werth close to the bag. Therefore, Werth was able to take a good lead, and was about halfway to third base when the ball reached the outfield grass.

“I thought Jayson had a good jump,” Williams said. “He knows they’re not playing behind him. He knows they’re swung over. The shortstop is to his left, and there’s nobody there.”

Plus, neither Henley nor Werth probably figured that Campbell — making his second Major League start in the outfield — would throw an on-target seed to the plate. But he did.

“It would take a perfect throw, and that’s what happened,” Werth said.

2) Back on July 20 at Nationals Park, the Nats took a walk-off victory against the Brewers when Henley waved around Anthony Rendon from first on Werth’s double down the left field line, prompting Werth to refer to the third base coach as “Old No Stop Sign Henley.”

From the first day of Spring Training, Williams has wanted a team that goes for it on the basepaths, and the approach has worked. The Nats entered Tuesday second in the Majors in FanGraphs’ baserunning metric and fifth in the one calculated by Baseball Prospectus.

“That’s the way we play,” Williams said. “We’re aggressive. We have been all year and we can’t stop now.”

Werth agreed that the club will “stay aggressive on the bases.”

“That’s part of our game,” he said. “That’s part of who we are. So sometimes it works out for us, sometimes it doesn’t.”

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Sunday’s lineups for Nats, Mets

Mets
Reyes – SS
Harris – 2B
Murphy – 1B
Wright – 3B
Pagan – CF
Bay – LF
Duda – RF
Thole – C
Niese – P

Nationals
Bixler – CF
Desmond – SS
Zimmerman – 3B
Morse – 1B
Werth – RF
Espinosa – 2B
Gomes – LF
Flores – C
Zimmermann – P

Anderson Hernandez traded to Mets [update]

The Nationals have traded second baseman Anderson Hernandez to the Mets for second baseman Greg Veloz on Thursday.

The switch-hitting Hernandez started the season as the everyday second baseman, but he slumped badly and hit .255 during the first half. He was then told before the All-Star break by then-manager Manny Acta and current manager Jim Riggleman that he would lose playing time to Alberto Gonzalez, who was swinging a hot hitter at the time.

“I wanted to play like everybody else,” Hernandez said. “Like I say, the situation happened. I know they wanted to see Gonzalez play at second base, so I just have to take it. There’s nothing I could do.”

Hernandez did not take the news well. According to baseball sources, he pouted for most of the second half because Riggleman used Gonzalez and Ronnie Belliard at second base. 

The final straw came on July 30th against the Brewers. Hernandez was taken out of the game on a double switch. Hernandez was taking groundballs when he received the news that he was out of the game. He was upset, threw his glove in the dugout and was yelling at no one in particular. The Nationals’ “think tank” then decided he had to leave the team.

“I was a little upset because I just went on the field. Nobody told me anything before,” Hernandez said. “But that’s all right. It happens. 

Veloz, who will report to Class A Potomac, is a career .249 hitter with 19 home runs, 145 RBI and 108 stolen bases in three-plus professional seasons.

In his three complete pro campaigns, Veloz has averaged 30 stolen bases. He entered the season rated among the Mets’ top 25 prospects as listed in Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook.

A 6-foot-1 switch hitter, Veloz currently paces the Mets’ Minor League system with 18 stolen bases. In 2007, he led the Rookie-level Appalachian League with nine triples and ranked fourth in stolen bases, swiping 18 in just 66 contests. Veloz originally signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in March of 2006.   

To replace Hernandez on the roster, the Nationals recalled reliever Saul Rivera from Triple-A Syracuse. 

Rivera, 31, rejoins the Nationals after going 2-5 with two saves and a 3.55 ERA with Syracuse. A member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, Rivera went 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA in 10 appearances with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 20. 

 

Wednesday's starting lineup between Nationals, Mets

Mets:

Pagan – CF

Castillo – 2B

Murphy – 1B

Wright – 3B

Francoeur – RF

Sullivan – LF

Berroa – SS

Schneider – C

Pelfrey – P

Nationals:

Morgan – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – LF

Johnson – 1B

Willingham – RF

Belliard – 2B

Bard – C

Stammen – P

Tuesday's lineup between Nationals, Mets

Mets:

Pagan – CF

Castillo – 2B

Wright – 3B

Francoeur – RF

Tatis – LF

Murphy – 1B

Santos – C

Cora – SS

Perez – P

Nationals:

Morgan – CF

Guzman – SS

Zimmerman – 3B

Dunn – 1B

Willingham – LF

Kearns – RF

Gonzalez – 2B

Nieves – C

Lannan – P

Monday's starting lineup between Nationals, Mets

Mets:
Pagan – CF
Castillo – 2B
Murphy – 1B
Wright – 3B
Francoeur – RF
Reed – LF
Cora – SS
Schneider – C
Hernandez – P
 
Nationals:
Morgan – CF
Belliard – 2B
Johnson – 1B
Dunn – LF
Guzman – SS
Kearns – RF
Harris – 3B
Bard – C
Martin – P

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