Nationals Game Notes: April 29 at St. Louis

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Washington Nationals (14-7) at St. Louis Cardinals (12-10)
RHP Stephen Strasburg [3-0, 2.17] | RHP Mike Leake [0-2, 5.64]
Friday, April 29 l Game #22 / Road #10 l Busch Stadium l St. Louis, MO l 7:15 P.M. CT
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

THE ROAD TO BE TRAVELED
The Nationals begin a 10-game, three-city road trip that will take them from St. Louis, this weekend, to western Missouri to face the defending World Series Champion Kansas City Royals before heading to Chicago on Thursday to start a four-game series against the Cubs.

  • This is the first of two 10-game road trips for Washington in 2016…The Nationals will travel to San Diego (4 G), Los Angeles (3 G) and Milwaukee (3 G) from June 16-26.

ARMS RACE
Through the season’s first 21 games, the Nationals’ pitching staff, as a whole, leads Major
League Baseball with a 2.35 ERA and in opp. slugging percentage (.308) and ranks among
MLB staffs in opp. average (.209), opp. OBP (2nd, .278), opp. OPS (2nd. 586), hits/9.0 innings (2nd, 6.72), WHIP (2nd, 1.07), and HR/9.0 innings (2nd, 0.60).

  • The Nationals boast three starting pitchers in the top 10 in ERA in the National League: LHP Gio Gonzalez (4th, 1.42), RHP Tanner Roark (9th, 2.03) and RHP Stephen Strasburg (10th, 2.17)…Further, RHP Joe Ross whose 0.54 ERA would lead the NL, falls just short of qualifying to be among league leaders.

THE DEFENSE (NEVER) RESTS
The Nationals have committed the fewest errors (6) in Major League Baseball and their .992 team fielding percentage is the best in MLB ahead of KCR (.989) and SFG (.989)…The Nationals also rank sixth in the National League with 22 double plays.

  • According to Baseball Prospectus, the Nationals rank second (.740) in the National League and third in Major League Baseball in “Defensive Efficiency” (the rate at which balls put into play are converted into outs) behind only the Chicago Cubs (.749) and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (.741)…In comparison, the 2015 Nationals ranked 21st in MLB in Defensive Efficiency at .700.

 

1 Comment

Until the two high priced veterans (Zimmerman and Werth) and the one time boy wunderkind (Rendon) start hitting up to their career averages, the Nats will go down and fast. Baker is supposed to be able to handle and get the most out of, supposed, proven veterans. This is now his primary test as a manager.

Harold G. Pavel

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