NEW YORK -- Prior to Tuesday's game against the Mets, Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein said he wasn't worried about Jayson Werth's swing, even though the latter was 1-for-14 with seven strikeouts.
Eckstein pointed that Werth had good at-bats, including key walks, during the three-game series against the Cubs. Entering the three-game contest against the Mets, Eckstein had to remind Werth that he was swinging the bat well and continue to have an aggressive mindset at the plate.
Werth followed through on that in a 6-2 victory over the Mets on Tuesday, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs. He raised his batting average to .263.
Prior to the game, Werth had a conversation with manager Davey Johnson, who told him to be himself and express his talent. Werth did. He ended up having his best game as a member of the Nationals.
"We had a good talk before the game and he was in a good frame of mind," Johnson said about Werth. "He is so driven to do so well, sometimes that can get in your way."
Werth said he was more focused on being relaxed at the plate.
"Looking back, really, that is something I have done in the past and has been a focus. Hopefully, I will continue to do that," Werth said.