UPDATE 4 p.m.: Werth remains percentage points behind Beltran, but also in third place:
NEW YORK CITY — Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth may not possess top-flight speed at age 37, but he remains one of the smartest base stealers in the history of baseball.
Werth entered Sunday’s game ranked fourth with 86.207 percent successful steals. With Mets starter Steven Matz pitching and Bryce Harper at the plate with one out in the third inning, Werth stole his third base of the season:
For Werth, it helped that Matz never looks back and neither infielder held the bag.
With the steal, Werth advanced to mere percentage points behind Carlos Beltran (86.389 percent) to 86.301 percent. The Nationals official Twitter account incorrectly said he moved up to third all-time and did not immediately respond to questions for clarification (Updated at the top of the post).
The important thing to remember is that Werth is a sneaky good base stealer. He may not steal many anymore, and has not stolen double-digits since 2013. But when he takes off on a pitch, there’s a pretty good chance that he’ll make it.