Nationals Game Notes: August 12 vs. Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves (43-72) vs. Washington Nationals (67-46)
RHP Mike Foltynewicz [5-5, 4.37] | RHP Stephen Strasburg [15-2, 2.80]
Friday, August 12 l Game #114 / Home #57 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN / WUSA l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
MAKING FERRIS BUELLER PROUD
The Nationals enjoyed their third day off in the last week on Thursday before opening a threegame set with the Atlanta Braves this weekend at Nationals Park…Washington earned the split with a 7-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday behind LF Jayson Werth (2-for-3, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 3 R) and 3B Anthony Rendon (2-for-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI).
- At 67-46 (.593), the Nationals boast the second-best record in Major League Baseball, behind only the Chicago Cubs (72-41, .637).
- The Nationals also rank second in MLB with a +136 run differential, also behind only the Cubs for tops in MLB (+189).
- The Nationals rank in the top five among National League clubs in home runs (2nd, 149), runs scored (4th, 530), and walks (5th, 392)…Their 860 strikeouts as a club are the second fewest in the National League.
Washington carries a franchise-best 14-game home winning streak (since May 8, 2015) over the Atlanta Braves into this weekend’s series…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 14-game streak is the longest home winning streak over one opponent in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…It is tied for the longest in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), as the Expos put together a 14-game streak over the San Diego Padres from May 4,1993 to May 24, 1995.
- Per Elias, this is the longest active streak in MLB and the longest home winning streak for one team since the New York Yankees won 17 straight home games over the Toronto Blue Jays from Sept. 19, 2012 to July 25, 2014.
SPEAKING OF STREAKS
With a double in the first inning on Wednesday, Nationals LF Jayson Werth has reached base safely in 40 straight games…It is the longest active on-base streak in the Major Leagues, as well as the longest on-base streak in MLB this season…MIA OF Marcell Ozuna reached the previous high of 36 games from April 21- May 29.
- Werth’s current run is the second-longest on-base streak in Nationals history (2005-present), behind only 1B Ryan Zimmerman (43 games, 4/8-5/25, 2009).
- During this stretch, Werth has collected 36 hits (12 2B, 5 HR), 30 walks and has posted a .386 on-base percentage.