We tweeted this but I think I’ll share it here because it tickled me so much:
Werth won the beard-off but lost the war, lining out to third. He’s having a good June, however, putting up a .279/.355/.456 slash line. What to do with him, though, when Bryce comes back? The common thinking is he’ll move down to the sixth or seventh spot in the lineup, but what about batting him leadoff?
That’s counterintuitive, because Denard Span is a Leadoff Guy, but at some point the guy you give the most plate appearances to has to get on base, and D-Span isn’t getting on base. Like, he is very much not getting on base, to the tune of a .256 OBP in June (.310 for the season).
The Nats made this very move last year, moving Werth into the leadoff spot August 11, where he posted a .374 OBP over the season’s final two months. Plus, it’s not like he’s a middle-of-the-order, power bat at this point anyway.
Food for thought. Interested to see what others think.