Nationals Game Notes: July 9 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (52-36) at New York Mets (47-39)

RHP Max Scherzer [9-6, 3.21] | RHP Logan Verrett [3-5, 4.01]

Saturday, July 9, 2016 l Game #89 / Road #47 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 7:15 P.M.

Television: FOX l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

RECORD TO BREAK BEFORE THE BREAK

At 52-36 (.591), the Nationals possess the third-best record in the National League, behind only the San Francisco Giants (55-33, .625) and the Chicago Cubs (52-34, .605).

  • With one more win, the Nationals would record their highest win total prior to the All-Star break in team history (2005-pres.)…The 2005 Nationals went 52-36 (.591) in the season’s first “half.”
  • With two more wins, Washington would match the 1994 Expos (54-33, .621) for the most wins prior to the All-Star break in franchise history.
  • The Nationals run differential sits at +99, second-best in MLB behind the Cubs (+144).

BAT HOARDER PROVIDES THE PUNCH

1B Clint Robinson clubbed his second home run in as many nights as the Nationals topped the Mets, 3-1, Friday night…His two-run blast in the second inning off RHP Noah Syndergaard provided Washington with the separation it would need.

  • Robinson has homered in three of his last four starts and has driven in at least one run in five of his last seven…He is hitting .308 (8-for-25) with one double, three homers, seven RBI two walks and five runs scored in those last seven starts.

STREAKING STRAS

RHP Stephen Strasburg extended both of his impressive winning streaks with Friday night’s win over the New York Mets.

  • He extended his personal winning streak to 15 games (dating to Sept. 15, 2015)…The 15 game streak is a franchise best (Nationals Expos) and trails only RHP Firpo Marberry (17 G, 6/23/30-7/25/31) for the longest streak by a starting pitcher in D.C.-baseball history…He is tied with RHP General Crowder (15 G, 8/2/32-4/12/33) for the second-longest streak.
  • Strasburg is now 12-0 to start the season and in doing so, is the first National League starting pitcher to begin a season 12-0 since 1913…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Strasburg is the fourth pitcher in MLB history to go 12-0 or better before the All-Star break, joining BAL LHP Dave McNally (13-0 in 1969), PIT reliever RHP Roy Face (12-0 in 1959) and CIN reliever RHP Brooks Lawrence (12-0 in 1956).

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