Nationals Game Notes: September 6 vs. Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves (54-84) vs. Washington Nationals (80-57)
RHP Williams Perez [2-2, 4.62] | LHP Gio Gonzalez [10-9, 4.14]
Tuesday, September 6 l Game #138 / Home #66 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
The Nationals secured their 80th victory of the season on Monday evening with a 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves…The Nationals are now one of just three teams to reach the 80-win mark this season, joining the Texas Rangers (82) and Chicago Cubs (89).
- At 80-57 (.584), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Cubs (89-48, .650)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +140 run differential.
- Washington’s 39-26 (.600) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (45-27, .625)…With just 25 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fewest home games of any team in MLB (65) and will play at Nationals Park in 16 of those remaining 25 contests.
Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner finished a triple shy of the cycle on Monday, going 3-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, and a base hit…It was Turner’s third three-RBI game of the season and his fourth three-hit game against the Braves…Turner’s big day lifted his average on the season to .343…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that batting average is the highest at any point by a Major-League rookie at least 200 at-bats into a season in nearly three years — since LAD OF Yasiel Puig was hitting .344 through Sept. 8, 2013.
- Having played in just 48 games in 2016, Turner has set a new Nationals rookie record (2005-pres.) for most stolen bases in a season (20)…Harper held the previous mark (18).
- Turner is just the second rookie in Nationals history (2005-pres.) to record an on-base streak of 20 games or more (21 G, 8/10-9/2), joining Danny Espinosa (26 G, 6/11-7/8, 2011)…Turner hit .406 (39-for-96) with five doubles, two triples, three HR, 10 RBI, 12 SB and 22 runs during the streak.
- Turner was named the NL Rookie of the Month for August on Saturday, the first monthly award of any kind for Turner, and just the fourth Rookie of the Month award bestowed upon a Nationals player in club history (2005-present): Bryce Harper (May & Sept./Oct. 2012) & Ryan Church (May, 2005).
- Turner posted 45 hits in August, a Nationals rookie record (2005-present) for hits in a single calendar month, two shy of 2B Daniel Murphy (47, May) for the Nationals record and the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) held by Murphy, OF Al Oliver (August, 1982) & OF Marquis Grissom (June, 1994)…According to Elias, Turner’s 27 runs in August were a franchise (Nationals/Expos) rookie record, topping the 26 Harper scored in Sept., 2012.
BULLISH ON THE ‘PEN
The Nationals enter the meat of their September schedule possessing the best bullpen ERA in the National League (3.32), a mark that sits just behind the Kansas City Royals for the best in MLB (3.12)…Washington’s relievers have also combined to allow the fewest home runs in the Major Leagues (38) tied with the Chicago White Sox bullpen.
- The strong overall work by the Nationals’ bullpen is due, in part, to the starting staff that precedes it…Entering Monday, WSH’s bullpen had been taxed for the fewest IP in the NL (399.0 IP), while the starting staff had combined to throw the third-most in MLB (840.0 IP).
- Washington’s ‘pen has also been incredibly stingy when inheriting runners, allowing just 24.8 percent of all IR to cross the plate, second only to San Francisco’s 20.8 percent.