Nationals Game Notes: June 19 at San Diego Padres

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Washington Nationals (43-26) at San Diego Padres (28-42)
LHP Gio Gonzalez [3-5, 3.96] | LHP Drew Pomeranz [5-7, 2.88]
Sunday, June 19 l Game #70 / Road #38 l Petco Park l San Diego, C.A. l 1:40 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

STATUS CHECK
The Nationals will look to take the series in San Diego on Sunday afternoon before heading north to Los Angeles to open a three-game set with the Dodgers on Monday…Washington is currently 2-1 on their current three-city, 10-game trek that will finish up in Milwaukee next weekend…Washington has not lost a series to the Padres since 2011 and, assured of at least a split this weekend at Petco, that trend will continue.

  • Washington has won seven of its last nine, 10 of its last 13, and 14 of its last 19 games, playing at a .737 clip since May 29…The Nationals have built a National League East division lead from zero to 6.0 games in that span…During this stretch, Washington is averaging 6.1 runs per game and is outscoring opponents, 115-78.
  • At 43-26 (.623), the Nationals have posted their best record through 69 games in club history (2005-pres.), as well as franchise history (Nationals/Expos).
  • The Nationals also boast the second-best record in the National League, tied with the San Francisco Giants, and behind only the Chicago Cubs (4-20, .697)…Washington’s 43-26 record is also tied for the third-best record in the Major Leagues, behind the Texas Rangers (44-25, .638) and the Cubs.

HOME RUNS ARE FUN, YOU SAY?
The Nationals, as a team, lead the NL in home runs (93) and are fourth in the NL in runs scored (322)…They also rank fourth in walks (241) and their 528 strikeouts are the fourth-fewest.

  • At +80, the Nationals rank second in the National League in run differential behind the Chicago Cubs (+166) and third in MLB behind the Cubs and the Boston Red Sox (+82).

WELL, SO ARE STRIKEOUTS
Washington’s pitching staff leads the Major Leagues in strikeouts (665) and strikeouts-per-nine-innings with 9.58…The Nationals staff also ranks among MLB leaders in ERA (3rd, 3.30), WHIP (3rd, 1.14), hits per nine innings (3rd, 7.49), and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 3.43).

NO SINISTROPHOBIA HERE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy picked up his National League-best 29th multi-hit game of the season on Friday night with a double and a home run off SDP LHP Christian Friedrich…The home run was Murphy’s 12th of the year, but it was his first against a left-handed pitcher this season…Against left-handed pitching this season, Murphy is hitting .329…With his two hits on Friday night, Murphy is now batting an even .400 (62-for-155) (vs. RHP & LHP) in Nationals victories this year.

  • The Nationals, who have faced just 13 left-handed starting pitchers this season, will now face four consecutive lefty starters in a row starting Sunday in San Diego…As a team, the Nationals are batting .271 against left-handed pitching this season, and their 22 home runs off southpaws are fifth-most in the National League.
  • Murphy leads MLB in batting average (.360)…He leads the NL and ranks among MLB hitters in multi-hit games (T2nd, 29), OPS (2nd, 1.002), and hits (3rd, 91) while his .401 on-base percentage is 11th in MLB and eighth in the National League.

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