If you’re looking for help down the stretch, or for your fantasy baseball league playoffs, Jayson just might be Werth it!
Likely available in many fantasy baseball leagues, Jayson Werth, who has platooned with Geoff Jenkins for most of the year, is now the man in right field for the Phillies. The 6’5″, 225 pound Werth is worth his weight. Werth has solid numbers on the year at .278 with 21 homers, 56 RBI, and 14 stolen bases. Those numbers would be bigger had it not been for a platoon that has limited Werth to just 334 AB’s this season.
WERTHY OF MORE PLAYING TIME
With Jenkins out with an injury, the job is all Werth’s right now. And, Werth has excelled in the last nine games with a .433 average with 4 homers and 9 RBI. The 29-year-old Springfield, Illinois native got red hot during a trip to Wrigley last weekend when he banged out two homers on Saturday and one on Sunday to help the Phillies salvage a very important four game split with the Cubs.
Werth’s hot hand has encouraged manager Charlie Manuel to move Jayson to the # 3 spot in the lineup for the last two games between left-handed hitters Chase Utley and the league leader in homeruns, Ryan Howard. Manuel tried Pat Burrell in the # 3 hole, but Pat the Bat has struggled recently and he’s moved back to his more traditional # 5 spot in the lineup. Centerfielder Shane Victorino has also struggled and he got the night off in the Phillies’ loss on Wednesday in favor of Eric Bruntlett. The Flyin’ Hawaiian is mired in a 5 for 36 slump. Werth moved to center for the evening.
Fantasy Baseball Dugout Tip: It’s time to pick up Jayson Werth for your fantasy baseball playoff push. He’s protected by the homerun leader Howard behind him now that he’s batting in the 3 hole. Take note of what pitchers Werth will face in the coming week. He’s murderous against lefties as 15 of his 21 homers have come off of southpaws.
“He’s a big guy that has tools,” said Manuel. “What can’t he do?”