Nationals: Five Disappointments From 2016 First Half
Ben Revere (.224, 1 home run. 17 RBI’s)
Back in January, the Washington Nationals appeared to make a win-win trade with the Toronto Blue Jays when they acquired Revere for reliever Drew Storen. So far, that trade hasn’t worked for either side. Storen has a 5.63 ERA in 36 games for the Blue Jays and Revere hasn’t been a consistent hitter in the leadoff spot.
Revere injured his oblique in the first game of the season and ended up being out until May 6 against the Chicago Cubs. He hit .170 in the month of May and Dusty Baker eventually ended up splitting up the time between Revere and Taylor in center field.
But, June was a better month for the 28-year-old. He hit .274 with seven RBI’s and had a .326 on-base percentage. His best game was on June 27 against the New York Mets when he went 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three stolen bases on a night when Trea Turner was playing center field for triple-A. In fact, 13 of his 49 hits this season have come against the Mets.
If the Revere trade is going to end up being a positive for the Nats, he has to find a way to get on base at a consistent rate and steal more than 10 bases after having 31 last season with the Phillies and the Blue Jays. Right now, it is safe to say the team misses Denard Span, who has a .328 on-base percentage and has two fewer stolen bases than Revere.
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