Nationals Game Notes: September 4 at New York Mets

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Washington Nationals (79-56) at New York Mets (70-66)

RHP Reynaldo Lopez [2-2, 5.33] | RHP Seth Lugo [2-2, 2.60]

Sunday, September 4 l Game #136 / Road #72 l Citi Field l New York, N.Y. l 8:08 P.M.

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

ONE FOR THE ROAD

The Nationals and Mets will face off on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, concluding Washington’s six-game, seven-day trip with the series rubber match…This is the Nationals’ first appearance on the ESPN signature broadcast this season…After Sunday night’s game, the Nationals will journey home for a quick turnaround as they’ll welcome the Atlanta Braves in a 4:05 p.m. Labor Day contest at Nationals Park on Monday.

  • At 79-56 (.585), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (87-48, .644)…WSH ranks 2nd in MLB with a +144 run differential.

FIRST-INNING FUN

Washington scored a run in the first inning on Saturday night, the sixth consecutive game (dating to Aug. 28 vs. COL) a Nationals run has crossed the plate in the game’s opening frame.

  • The Nationals have scored more first-inning runs than any team in baseball this year with 107…BOS ranks second with 100, TOR third at 95, and CIN & LAA fourth with 94.

DIVISIONAL DOMINANCE

The Nationals intra-divisional record, 39-17, gives them the most wins in the Major Leagues by any team against its own division…Additionally, the Nationals’ 39 victories are 10 more than any other NL East team has against a fellow divisional opponent (NYM, 2nd: 29).

  • The 2014 Nationals posted 45 wins against NL East clubs, the most of any team in club history (2005-pres.), but the 2016 Nationals are currently well outpacing the 2014 team’s winning percentage (.592 in 2014, .696 in 2016)…The Chicago Cubs are second in intra-divisional victories this season with 37 (37-16) against NL Central clubs.

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