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With back-to-back, two-homer games, Werth put a definitive stamp on his hot streak, which now stretches back a full month. In 25 games since June 23, he's hitting .379 with seven homers, 20 RBI, a .456 on-base percentage and 1.134 OPS, impressing teammates and members of the Nationals coaching staff.
"It's great to see that," first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "He's always had that kind of power. You watch him take BP and do it every other swing, so to now put it into play in the game is great. He's a guy that prides himself on taking a lot of pitches and going deep into counts, and I think he's kind of now picking and choosing some spots to kind of be a little more aggressive and show that power."
Injuries — a broken left wrist in 2012, a strained hamstring this May — obviously have disrupted Werth's last two seasons, but when he has been on the field, he has been as productive as anybody in the lineup.
Werth has now played in 149 games over the last two years, totaling 620 plate appearances (roughly the equivalent of one full, healthy season). His combined offensive numbers during that span: a .300 batting average, 19 homers, 30 doubles, 70 RBI, a .377 on-base percentage and an .847 OPS.
That's not all that far removed from the numbers he posted during the peak of his career (2008-11 with the Phillies), when he averaged 27 homers, 77 RBI, 28 doubles, a .267 batting average, .364 OBP and .844 OPS.
"He's made some adjustments," manager Davey Johnson said. "He's made some changes with his stance, and I think his approach has been pretty good all year. I think the main thing with him is, he feels like his left wrist is healthy. He's been impressive. ... I mean, he's in a good spot."
Werth, who isn't saying very much publicly these days, preferred not to delve into the specifics of his sustained offensive turnaround.
"It's just one of those things better left unsaid, not talk about it," he said.