Nationals Game Notes: June 15 vs. Chicago Cubs
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.
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.