Nationals Game Notes: June 13 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (43-18) vs. Washington Nationals (39-24)
RHP Kyle Hendricks [4-5, 2.90] | RHP Max Scherzer [7-4, 3.57]
Monday, June 13 l Game #64 / Home #30 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN/ESPN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SWEEP = SEALED
The Nationals’ 5-4 walk-off win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday evening secured Washington’s sixth series sweep of the season and the Nationals’ third within the confines of Nationals Park…LF Jayson Werth stepped to the plate with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, the Nationals trailing by a run, and sent the 34,294 fans in attendance home happy with a two-run walk-off single…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it was just the second time in Werth’s MLB career he’s produced a walk-off RBI after coming to the plate with his team trailing…The first? That happened in 2010, when Werth hit a two-run home run off former Nationals RHP Drew Storen that sealed a 7-6 Philadelphia Phillies victory.

  • Thanks to their sweeping ways, the Nationals have won 10 of their last 13 games…During this stretch, which dates to May 29, Washington is averaging 6.5 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 85-52…The Nationals’ 85 runs scored lead the National League and rank third in Major League Baseball behind Baltimore (91) and Seattle (88).
  • At 39-24, the Nationals have posted their best record through 63 games in club history (2005-pres.), and matched the 1994 & 1979 Expos for the best record in franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, behind the Chicago Cubs (43-18, .705) (who visit Nationals Park for three games starting Monday)…Washington is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in Major League Baseball.

ALL-STAR CASES TO BE MADE
The next round of National League All-Star balloting updates aren’t expected until Wednesday, but Washington boasts several position players building strong cases for consideration:

  • 2B Daniel Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.369)…He leads the National League and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (2nd, 28), OPS (2nd, 1.018), slugging percentage (2nd, .609) and hits (3rd, 86) while his .409 on-base percentage is ninth in MLB and sixth in the National League…Murphy’s 3.0 Wins Above Replacement (per FanGraphs.com) is tied with CHI OF Dexter Fowler and 3B Kris Bryant for second in the National League, behind only COL 3B Nolan Arenado (3.1).
  • C Wilson Ramos has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games, posting a .364 (12-for-33) avrage with two doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, four walks and 10 runs scored during that span….Just shy of qualifying for league leaders (3.1 PA/Team Game) Ramos leads all Major League catchers (min. 180 PA) in batting average (.333), on-base percentage (.383), slugging percentage (.548) and fewest strikeouts (23)…Ramos also leads MLB catchers with 34 RBI and his nine home runs are tied for first with HOU’s Evan Gattis, KCR’s Salvador Perez and MIL’s Jonathan Lucroy….After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his batting average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per the Elias Sports Bureau.
  • RF Bryce Harper was second among all NL outfielders in voting as of the most recent update (June 8) with 1,119,168 fan votes to date…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (52), first in intentional walks (13) and seventh in OBP (.412).

ESPI-POWER
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa continued his power surge on Sunday afternoon, sending his 11th home run of the season to left center field in the second inning…Espinosa has now hit eight home runs in his last 15 games (dating to May 26), the second-most in Major League Baseball in that span, behind only Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (9)…Eight of Espinosa’s last 15 hits have been home runs.

  • From May 26 to June 10, the Nationals homered in a team record (2005-pres.) 14 consecutive games…It was the second-longest streak in franchise (Nationals/Expos) history behind the 16 game run the 1999 Expos put together from May 18-June 5 of that season…The 14-game streak was the second longest home-run streak in Major League Baseball this season (BOS – 22 games – 4/29-5/22).

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