How have Matt Williams’s ‘Players Who Must Deliver’ picks fared this season?


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At the end of each of his weekly appearances with the Junkies on 106.7 The Fan, Nationals Manager Matt Williams is asked to name his Burke & Herbert Bank “Player Who Must Deliver” for the next week.

“If I look at it, I think Ian’s going to have a big week,” Williams said Wednesday. “Ian Desmond’s going to have a big week for us. He had a great homestand and I think he’ll continue his hitting on this road trip. He’ll have a good week for us.”

While I’d like to imagine that Williams spends a few minutes before the interview looking at batter vs. pitcher splits for the next week to decide which of his players he’ll nominate for the prestigious honor, I doubt that’s the case. Still, this week’s pick is looking pretty good after Desmond went 3 for 4 with an RBI in Wednesday’s loss.

If you’ve ever wondered how Williams’s picks have delivered (or not delivered) this season, this post is for you. If not, continue to enjoy your Nationals off-day.

August 27-Sept. 2: Ian Desmond
3 for 4, RBI (through one game)

August 20-26: Wilson Ramos
.208/.208/.375
5 for 24, HR, 4 RBI

August 13-19: Michael Taylor
.077/.294/.077
1 for 13, 8 K

August 6-12: “All of ‘Em”
“You know, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say all of ‘em,” Williams said. “We gotta go, fellas. It’s time to go.”
The Nationals went 4-2 over the next week.

July 30-August 5: Wilson Ramos
.278/.316/.444
5 for 18, HR, 3 RBI

July 23-29: Bryce Harper
.238/.360/.286
5 for 21, RBI

July 16-22: Wilson Ramos
.412/.412/.412
7 for 17, 6 RBI

July 9: Bryce Harper
.125/.176/.313
2 for 16, HR, RBI

July 2-8: Bryce Harper
.125/.263/.188
2 for 16, 7 K

June 25-July 1: Wilson Ramos
.333/.400/.500
6 for 18, HR, 2 RBI

June 18-24: Ian Desmond
.258/.258/.387
8 for 31, HR, 2 RBI

June 11-17: Ryan Zimmerman
.217/.250/.348
5 for 23, 4 RBI

June 4-10: Ryan Zimmerman
.148/.258/.185
4 for 27, 2 RBI

May 28-June 3: Adam LaRoche
.316/.391/.474
6 for 19, HR, 5 RBI

May 21-27: Wilson Ramos
.250/.286/.300
5 for 20, RBI

May 14-20: Ian Desmond
.308/.333/.577
8 for 26, 2 HR, 5 RBI

May 7-13: Wilson Ramos
.188/.300/.2508
3 for 16, RBI

April 30-May 6: No Pick
Williams was involved in a car accident during the interview.

April 23-29: Jayson Werth
.357/.379/.536
10 for 28, HR, 4 RBI

April 16-22: Bryce Harper
.091/.167/.091
2 for 22, 5 K

April 9-15: Ryan Zimmerman
.385/.500/.769
5 for 13, HR, 3 RBI
Zimmerman was in the midst of a sizzling week at the plate when he broke his thumb.

April 2-8: Gio Gonzalez
6 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K, BB, W
Gonzalez also homered in a 5-1 win at the Mets.

For the season, Williams’s “Players Who Must Deliver” have hit a combined .242 this season. Williams, who often picks players returning from injury, has picked Ramos to deliver more than any other player and he hasn’t picked a pitcher since the first week of the season. That worked out pretty well, so maybe he should consider picking Stephen Strasburg next Wednesday.

Players Who Must Deliver Tally
Ramos – 6 Weeks – 31 for 113 (.274), 3 HR, 17 RBI
Harper – 4 – 11 for 75 (.147), 2 RBI
Desmond – 3 – 19 for 61 (.311), 3 HR, 8 RBI
Zimmerman – 3 – 14 for 63 (.222), HR, 9 RBI, Broken Thumb
LaRoche – 1 – 6 for 19 (.316), HR, 5 RBI
Taylor – 1 – 1 for 13 (.077), 8 K
Gonzalez - 1 - 6 IP, 3 H, ER, 6 K, BB, W

Scott Allen writes about all things DC sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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