Nationals Game Notes: June 15 vs. Chicago Cubs

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Chicago Cubs (44-19) vs. Washington Nationals (40-25)
RHP Jason Hammel [7-2, 2.36] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [10-0, 3.03]
Wednesday, June 15 l Game #66 / Home #32 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 4:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD
The Nationals wrap up this homestand with a rubber match this afternoon against the Chicago Cubs…Washington is 4-1 in rubber games this season…The Nationals have won four of their last five, seven of their last nine, and 11 of their last 15 games, and are playing at a .733 clip since May 29…They have built a National League East division lead from zero games to 5.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 92-57…The Nationals’ 92 runs scored in this span are tied for second-most in the National League with the Cincinnati Reds.

  • At 40-25 (.615), the Nationals have posted their best record through 65 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 only the visiting Chicago Cubs (44-19, .698)…Washington’s 40-25 (.615) record is tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-best record in the Major Leagues.

JUMPIN’ JUNE
Since June 1st, the Washington Nationals offense ranks among MLB clubs in slugging percentage (2nd, .489), OPS (2nd, .838), batting average (3rd, .289), on-base percentage (3rd, .349) and runs scored (T3rd, 73)…Their 82 strikeouts as a team are the fourth-fewest in MLB over this stretch.

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