Nationals Game Notes: May 18 vs. New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (23-16) at New York Mets (22-16)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [2-1, 1.93] | RHP Bartolo Colon [3-2, 3.53]
Wednesday, May 18 l Game #40 / Road #21 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHERE THINGS STAND
The Nationals and Mets will lock horns twice more here in New York before Washington travels to Miami for a weekend set…The Mets took the opening game, 2-0, on Tuesday night, just the third shutout of the season for the Nationals’ offense…The Nationals have played to an 11-9 record on the road in 2016…Since the start of the 2014 season, Washington is 14-7 at Citi Field.

ANOTHER RECORD FOR THE BOOKS
Nationals RHP Max Scherzer struck out 10 more batters on Tuesday night, bringing the total from his last two starts to an even 30…Scherzer matched CLE RHP Corey Kluber (5/13/15 vs. STL (18); 5/18/15 at CWS (12)) for the record for most Ks in a two-game span among active players…Three of the previous four 20-strikeout games in MLB history were followed by a double-digit strikeout effort by the pitcher his next time out; Scherzer joined that club as well.

  • On May 11 vs. the Detroit Tigers, Scherzer became just the fourth pitcher in Major League history to strike out 20 batters in a nine-inning game…Scherzer joined Randy Johnson (May 8, 2001), Kerry Wood (May 6, 1998) and Roger Clemens (Sept. 18, 1996 & April 29, 1986) in the elite group…Scherzer’s 20 K’s are a Nationals record (2005-pres.), a franchise record (Nationals/Expos) and the most in D.C.-baseball history since Tom Cheney struck out 21 batters on Sept. 12, 1962 at Baltimore, but in 16 innings.
  • In Scherzer’s three historic performances with WSH (two no-hitters, 20-K game), he has combined for 47 strikeouts and no walks.

WARMING UP
Since returning from the bereavement list on May 3 at Kansas City, Nationals C Wilson Ramos has hit .370 (17-for-45) with three doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five walks…Ramos has ground into just two double plays in that 13-game stretch

  • Ramos is also hitting .500 with runners in scoring position in that span, going 5-for-10 with one double, one home run, one walk and five RBI…He is slugging .900.

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