Michael Morse found himself Friday night in an unusual place: sitting on the Nationals' bench. Then again, he also found himself in an unusual situation: slumping at the plate.
Easily the Nationals' most-consistent offensive player this season, Morse has endured through a mini-slump this month. In 13 September games, he's batting a scant .189 with a .232 on-base percentage and 19 strikeouts.
So manager Davey Johnson decided to give Morse (along with right fielder Jayson Werth) a rare day off for the opener of a weekend series against the Marlins.
What has prompted this decrease in production? Is Morse simply wearing down at the end of his first full season as an everyday big leaguer?
"That can happen," Johnson said. "He's a big guy and plays hard. A change of position, that can also happen. And I would've liked to