Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth homered three times and tied a franchise record with eight RBIs, as the Phils rolled Toronto 10-3.
Werth hit a solo, three-run and grand slam home run, putting him a two-run homer away from homering for the cycle. Four Phillies besides Werth have hit eight RBIs in a game; the last was Mike Schmidt in 1976. Nineteen others, including Ryan Howard, have hit three homers in a game.
Beerleaguer: Werth, who was plucked from the scrap pile last winter when the Dodgers decided they couldn’t wait for his wrist to heal, is turning into the steal of the Pat Gillick era. Although his left/right splits are cavernous, the Phils seem to be drawing more left-handed pitching these days and Werth is playing a significant role, adding a much-needed power bat from the right side to compliment Pat Burrell. They're no longer doomed against a left-hander.
Some thought the outfield would be only a little better than average after Aaron Rowand, but that hasn't been the case. Nine homers by Werth ties Burrell and Howard as he continues to look more like an everyday player and less like a 4th outfielder. He's strong, fast and patient. His defense would show better in right, but that's another subject. His numbers (23 RC, .295 GPA, 9 HR) are up with the best at his position, and his 4.8 P/PA is the very best in baseball, regardless of position.
We discussed extending Hamels yesterday. Here's a guy in Werth who's very interesting. He's still a decent age and is probably ready to start making real money. If they believe he can sustain this level, and if they feel they cannot keep Burrell, you have to wonder if the Phils should think about keeping him around a tad longer than the schedule dictates when the two sides meet this winter.