Nationals Game Notes: June 27 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (40-34) vs. Washington Nationals (44-32)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [8-2, 2.08] | RHP Joe Ross [6-4, 3.11]
Monday, June 27 l Game #77 / Home #33 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 return home to open a 10-game homestand that will feature the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Milwaukee Brewers…Washington headed home on a high note Sunday evening after a dramatic 3-2 victory over the Brewers at Miller Park to conclude their 10-game, 11-day road trip west…The win snapped the Nationals’ seven-game losing streak, halting what had been the team’s longest skid since 2009.

  • Washington kicks off its longest homestand of the season to date on Monday…With 76 games in the rearview, the Nationals will enjoy their first homestand longer than seven games (10) as the Mets come to town…Washington will play 19 of its next 23 games at home.
  • At 44-32 (.579), the Nationals have the third-best record in the National League, behind the San Francisco Giants (49-28, .636) and the Chicago Cubs (48-26, .649).

Nationals C Jose Lobaton’s solo home run in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon was Washington’s 100th of the season…Reaching that milestone mark in just 76 games, the 2016 Nationals are now the fastest in team history (2005-present) to club 100 longballs, per STATS, LLC…The 2006 Nationals, the previous fastest, hit their 100th home run Game No. 93.

  • The Nationals added home run No. 101 with 1B Clint Robinson’s blast in the eighth, and it appears they were not alone in home run heaven: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, there were 52 homers hit on Sunday, the most on any single day in MLB in more than 10 years (since June 11, 2006), when 54 home runs were hit…Over the first three months this season, home runs have increased league-wide — from 2.09/game in April, to 2.28/game in May, and a near-record 2.52/game in June.
  • Also via Elias, there are only two months in Major League history in which the per-game home-run average was as high is it currently is for June (min. 10 G: The first two months of the 2000 season: 2.56 in April and 2.64 in May.

The latest round of NL All-Star balloting is expected to be released Monday evening…As of the previous update (Wednesday), here’s where a few of your favorite Nationals stand:

  • C Wilson Ramos, who ranked third among NL catchers with 899,063 votes, leads all Major League catchers and is fourth in MLB (second in the NL) in batting average (.342)…He also leads all MLB catchers in RBI (41), on-base percentage (.385), slugging percentage (.563), and fewest strikeouts (30)…His 12 home runs lead National League catchers and are tied with Kansas City’s Salvador Perez and Houston’s Evan Gattis for the most among MLB catchers…After hitting .229 in 2015, Ramos is the only player in MLB to have increased his average at least 100 points from last year to this year (min. 100 PA in 2016 / 500PA in 2015), per Elias.
  • 2B Daniel Murphy had racked up 1,573,890 votes as of Wednesday and is gaining on current leader CHI 2B Ben Zobrist…Murphy leads Major League Baseball in batting average (.349), paces the National League in hits (98) and multi-hit games (31), and ranks second in the NL in OPS (.968)…He also ranks among NL hitters in slugging percentage (4th, .577) and on-base percentage (10th, .391)…Murphy leads NL second basemen in doubles (20), RBI (48) and slugging percentage (.577).
  • Based on Wednesday’s update, RF Bryce Harper would be starting in the NL outfield for the third time in his career with 1,824,808 fan votes, second among all NL outfielders…Harper, the 2015 National League MVP, ranks second in MLB in walks (60) and 13th in on-base percentage (.395)…His 13 go-ahead RBI are tied for seventh in the NL.

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