Nationals Game Notes: May 24 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (26-18) vs. Washington Nationals (27-18)
RHP Matt Harvey (3-6, 5.77) | RHP Stephen Strasburg [7-0, 2.80]
Tuesday, May 24 l Game #46 / Home # 21 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The Nationals continue a seven-game homestand Tuesday night with the second of three games against the New York Mets before the St. Louis Cardinals (four games) come to town this weekend…Washington will then depart on a three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip to Philadelphia, Cincinnati and Chicago (White Sox).

  • At 27-18 (.600), the Nationals have the second-best record in the National League behind the Chicago Cubs (29-14; .674) and possess the third-best record in Major League Baseball.
  • The Nationals’ 27-18 record matched the best mark in team history (2005-pres.) through 45 games, joining the 2015 (27-18) and 2012 Nationals (27-18).
  • The Nationals have posted a +50 run differential, the third-best mark in the National League (CHI: +110, STL: +51) and third-best in Major League Baseball (CHI: +110; BOS: +66, STL: +51).

Nationals relievers turned in four scoreless innings of work on Monday night, pushing their ERA since May 9 (13 games) to a miniscule a 0.50 (2 ER/36.1 IP)…In that stretch, the Nationals’ ‘pen has struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings, posted a 3.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio, and surrendered just four extra base hits (4 doubles)…That is far-and-away the best bullpen ERA in MLB in that stretch (2nd: NYM, 1.55).

  • Nationals relievers have also not allowed a single inherited runner to score during this run (20 IR, 0 IRS)…No other team that’s inherited 10 or more runners in that span has kept all of them from scoring…Only the Milwaukee Brewers (6 IR, 0 IRS) relievers have joined the Nationals in keeping all of their runners inherited since May 9 from crossing the plate.

With two more hits on Monday night, Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy (2-for-4) posted his MLB-best 22nd multi-hit game…Murphy also leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.389) and hits (65), and ranks among MLB hitters in OPS (4th, 1.027), slugging percentage (T6th,.605), on-base percentage (6th, .422) and doubles (T8th, 14).

  • Having played in 44 of the Nationals’ 45 games, Murphy has at least two hits in half of the games he’s played in…He has also hit safely in 20 of his last 24 games, going 38-for-94 (.404) with seven doubles, four homers, 19 RBI and 15 runs scored.
  • With 35 hits in May, Murphy is closing in on the Nationals record (2005-present) for hits in a month (Denard Span, 40; August, 2014).

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