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Nationals need to change direction, Werth says

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After the Nationals lost their fifth consecutive game, and sixth in seven days, on Wednesday against the Brewers, outfielder Jayson Werth said in not-so-specific terms that something with the Nationals needs to change.

The Nationals are 21-28, and their 1-5 record in its last six games comes as the offense finally is starting to hit. Washington scored 34 runs in its last six games, its best six-game stretch of the season.

But the Nationals' pitching has started to tail off, as they allowed 39 runs in their last six games.

Werth acknowledged that the Nationals are in the midst of developing several young players that are key to the team's future. He let it be known on Wednesday, though, that he was unhappy with the current state of the ballclub.

The right fielder, who signed a seven-year, $126 million deal in December, hasn't been shy about weighing in on the team's decisions, saying at his introductory press conference he was promised the Nationals would increase payroll in an effort to be competitive.

His comments Wednesday could have been directed at manager Jim Riggleman, or they could have just been alluding to the idea that the Nationals still need more proven talent.

"I've got some ideas, obviously, and some thoughts, none I really want to share with the world," Werth said. "But I think it's pretty obvious what's going on right here.

" ... I'm not going to get into it right now. It is what it is. It's unfortunate. We're a way better ballclub."

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