Nationals Game Notes: May 21 vs. Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals (26-16) at Miami Marlins (21-20)
RHP Joe Ross [3-3, 2.63] | RHP Jose Fernandez [5-2, 3.21]
Saturday, May 21 l Game #43 / Road #24 l Marlins Park l Miami, F.L. l 7:15 P.M.
Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals reached the approximate quarter pole of the season this week and sealed the best start in Nationals history (2005-present) through the season’s first 42 games…No previous Nationals team won as many as 26 of its first 42 games (2015 & 2012 teams went 25-17)…The 1996 Montreal Expos went 27-14.
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With his home run in the second inning Friday night, Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman upped his career home run total vs. the Marlins to 28…The gaudy home run total for Zimmerman, who has homered three times already this season vs. MIA, trails only Chase Utley (30) and Ryan Howard (39) among active players against the Marlins.
- In his career, Zimmerman has hit .304 vs. the Marlins, with 37 doubles, six triples, 28 home runs, 88 RBI, 66 walks and 99 runs scored.
When the Nationals opened this road trip in New York on Tuesday, they did so with a slight tweak to manager Dusty Baker’s lineup…Baker swapped two-hole hitter 3B Anthony Rendon and No. 6 hitter LF Jayson Werth in the lineup, putting Werth at No. 2 and Rendon sixth…Since that switch, Werth is 5-for-14 (.357) with two doubles and is reaching base at a .500 clip while Rendon is 8-for-14 (.571) with two doubles, four RBI and a .625 on-base percentage.
- The Nationals have scored 20 runs in this four-game stretch with Werth scoring four, while Rendon has scored three and driven in four.
Since May 9, the Nationals bullpen has posted a 0.62 ERA (2 ER/29.0 IP), 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings, a 4.00 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and has surrendered just three extra base hits (3 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.93).
- Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (19 IR, 0 IRS)…Since May 9, no team in MLB has inherited as many runners without allowing one to score.
Nationals RHP Shawn Kelley is one of only two relievers in MLB who has pitched at least 10.0 innings and is yet to allow an earned run…Kelley, who signed a three-year contract with Washington this offseason, is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in 19 appearances (15.0 IP) this season…He has struck out 21 batters against just two walks (one of which was intentional) and surrendered 10 hits…SDP RHP Fernando Rodney (16 G, 16.0 IP, 10 SV) is Kelley’s only company.