|2014 Season (CBSSports.com)||595.00||5.00||.282||45.00||78.00||18.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Miami||30||7||0|| .343|| .233|| .233|
|vs Hand (Career)||5||1||0|| .200||.429||.200|
|vs LHP||166||45||1|| .341|| .361|| .271|
|Last 10 Games|
|Denard Span slugs two home runs in win vs. Dodgers |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(9/1/14) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 2 for 5 with two home runs and three RBI in his team's 6-4 win over the Dodgers Monday.
Span delivered his team's third solo home run of the game in the third inning and then added a two-run blast in the fifth. The big performance doubled Span's home-run total in one night. He has hit .299/.349/.416 with four home runs, 31 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 531 at-bats.
|Denard Span homers in three-hit game Wednesday |
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
(8/27/14) Nationals outfielder Denard Span went 3 for 4 with a solo home run and three runs scored in his team's 8-4 loss to the Phillies Wednesday.
Span gave his team a 4-2 lead with his fifth-inning home run, but the Phillies were able to score six unanswered runs in the last four innings to come out on top. Span has hit .300/.351/.407 with two home runs, 28 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 513 at-bats.
|Denard Span set to sit Wednesday |
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
(8/13/14) Nationals center fielder Denard Span is grabbing some pine Wednesday night against the Mets in favor of Michael Taylor.
Span had his hitting streak stopped Tuesday at 14 games. A hot stretch sent his average soaring from .275 to .303 since July 22.
|Denard Span not going away |
|by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer|
(8/5/14) After two monster weeks, Denard Span ranks 15th among outfielders in Head-to-Head points leagues to date. He's best suited for that format, but even in Rotisserie leagues, he ranks a respectable 23rd.
He's on a career-high steals pace (34) after disappointing in that category for most of his career, which helps his Rotisserie ranking, but otherwise, he isn't doing anything he hasn't shown the ability to do in the past (making consistent contact, drawing a useful number of walks, piling up doubles, etc.). He's just doing it all at once -- and with good health to boot.
To be fair, he's always been undervalued in points leagues, ranking 35th among outfielders in that format last year, but most mixed-league owners would rather gamble on a top-50 outfielder with a shot at top 20-status than a top-35 outfielder with no room to grow. I know I would.
Clearly, though, Span has grown, and while I can still put together a lengthy list of outfielders I'd rather own in Fantasy, I'm no longer bypassing him on principle. To put it another way, I wouldn't consider him a top-15 outfielder going forward, but top-40 makes him too valuable to sit in most leagues.
|Denard Span has improved plate discipline in July |
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(7/31/14) Nationals outfielder Denard Span's on-base percentage has been on the rise in July. It has gone from .312 at the start of the month to .348 through Wednesday's game at Miami, and a large reason for the improvement has been because of the 16 walks Span has drawn in 23 games this month.
"I think it just comes from being in a good position to hit," Span said, per The Washington Post. "Obviously that results in me seeing the ball better. It’s been a good feeling because I haven’t walked like this in a while. I know that this is something I’m capable of doing. My walks have been down the last three or four years. It’s just good that I’ve been able to see a lot of pitches and confident to hit with two strikes and just trusting myself just to get into deeper counts."
Span is also batting .363 (33 for 91) in July, which has helped boost his average from .265 to .288.
"I’m in a pretty good position to hit," Span said. "I think that’s allowing me to see the ball a lot sooner, a lot better and lay off some good pitchers’ pitches, and put the balls in play that are strikes."
|Denard Span made a splash in his first year in D.C. in 2013. It might have taken Span, who was acquired in a trade with the Twins in November 2012, about half a season to really warm up offensively, but his surge was better late than never. Span didn't have an awful first half, batting .263 with seven triples, 20 doubles, 25 RBI, 41 runs and 10 stolen bases in 89 games, but he really took off in the second half, highlighted by a 29-game hit streak. Span hit .302 with four triples, four home runs, eight doubles, 22 RBI, 34 runs and 10 stolen bases in 64 games after the All-Star break. Span hit .371 with a .406 on-base percentage, .492 slugging percentage and .898 OPS during his prolonged hit streak. Span's post-break success coincided with Rick Schu replacing Rick Eckstein as the team's hitting coach. Schu had Span change the placement of his hands on the bat to get more rhythm in his swing, and as you can see the results were outstanding. Still, despite his second-half performance, Span isn't going to fill up the stat sheet on a nightly basis and should only get late-round consideration.
(Updated 1/10/14) |
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