Nationals Game Notes: September 12 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (76-67) vs. Washington Nationals (85-58)
RHP Rafael Montero [0-0,4.63] | RHP Mat Latos [7-2, 4.74]
Monday, September 12 l Game #144 / Home #72 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

WHAT’S YOUR NUMBER?

The Nationals took three of four from the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend, pushing their record to 85-58, now just one win shy of tying the 2013 team for the third-most wins in Nationals history (2005-present), and that’s with 19 regular-season games still to play…The Nationals’ magic number to clinch their third National League East title in the last five seasons sits at 11 entering play on Monday.

  • At 85-58 (.594), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (91-51, .641)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +145 run differential.
  • Washington’s 44-27 (.620) home record is good for the third-best mark in the National League, behind only the Cubs (51-20, .718) and the Dodgers (47-27, .635)…With just 19 games remaining in the regular season, Washington has played the fourth-fewest home games of any team in the NL (71) with 10 of those remaining 19 coming at Nationals Park.

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM

The Nationals finished their 2016 season series against the Phillies with a 14-5 record, going 6-4 at Nationals Park and 8-1 at Citizens Bank Park this season…The Nationals also won 12 of their final 13 games against Philadelphia…According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time in franchise history that any Nationals or Expos club posted a 12-1 record in 13 games vs. PHI, and the first time in franchise history any club won 12-of-13 games over any opponent within a single season.

TONY TWO BAGS

Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon leads National League third basemen in doubles (37) and ranks among the group in runs (3rd, 83), walks (T3rd, 61), OBP (5th, .354) & SLG (6th, .457).

  • Rendon’s 37 doubles rank fifth in the National League and his 19 since the All-Star break are the most in Major League Baseball.
  • Despite driving in just one run in all of April, when he hit primarily in the No. 2 spot in the lineup, Rendon has collected 72 RBI this season…He’s averaging an RBI every 1.6 games since May 1 and is hitting .318 since the All-Star break.

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