The Washington Nationals offense may rank in the bottom of the league forthe season, but recently they have been much better. As has been pointed out countless times here, and all around the Nats Blogosphere, the Nats offense has been much better since Anthony Rendon replaced Danny Espinosa at second, and a healthy Jayson Werth returned to the line-up. Of the Nats starting eight position players it would be a downgrade to replace any of them with what is available at the deadline. The only move that makes sense in any way is to acquire a corner outfield bat and move Span to the bench but the loss in defense at a premiere defensive position makes that move nonsensical.
So the Nats started off their portion of the trading season by acquiring noted lefty killer Scott Hairston. Hairston has the ability to play all three outfield positions and has a career batting line of .268/.318/.500 against left handed pitching. The Nationals have struggled to find a right handed power hitting bench bat to come up late in the game to face tough left handed relievers. Both Tyler Moore and Chris Marrero have been used in that role and neither has an over .500 OPS. Moore performed well in that role last season, but now that opposing pitchers have figured out how to pitch him he isn't making contact the way he would like, and he has a lower OPS (.402) versus left handers this season than right handers (.541).Read More