Loyal Beerleaguer George S. raises awareness about Jayson Werth's intelligence quotient and Shane Victorino's cavernous splits. (Getty Images)
"Why Werth was even taking any lead at all on an intentional walk is something only he knows. Hoping for a wild pitch perhaps? I vote for daydreaming. Jayson Werth presents an interesting case when it comes to whether the Phillies should re-sign him. He is a walking contradiction in terms. His 299 BA says contact hitter, but he is on pace to strike out over 150 times. His SLG (512) and OPS (912) say power hitter, but he's on pace for a pedestrian 20 HRs. He has good speed but is a terrible baserunner and has just 8 SBs. He takes a lot of pitches per AB, one of the highest totals in the league, yet has a much higher BA early in the count and hits poorly with 2 strikes (225 BA). He usually bats 5th in the order, yet has a BA of 159 with RISP. He has no baseball IQ at all. A true enigma.
"The Phillies got a bad call on Bourn's bunt, but they lost this game way before that, leaving runners in scoring position on many occasions. Victorino in particular was bad, twice failing with RISP and less than two outs and not even advancing the runners either time. This season at least it seems Shane should only bat RH. He's not hitting anything LH (226 BA, 286 OBP, 674 OPS), and he's not getting any infield hits from being on the left side either. His RH numbers are much better (.339/.389/.976). If he batted exclusively RH, would he bat less than 226 vs RHP? Why not see for a few games?" - George S.
Scores: Colorado edged Atlanta 5-4. San Francisco pummeled Cincinnati 11-2.