Nationals Game Notes: September 13 vs. New York Mets

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New York Mets (76-68) vs. Washington Nationals (86-58)
RHP Noah Syndergaard [13-8, 2.48] | RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.56]
Tuesday, September 13 l Game #145 / Home #73 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

SINGLE-DIGIT MAGIC
The Nationals won their fourth straight on Monday night, topping the Mets, 8-1 in the series opener and pushing their record to 86-58, tying the 2013 Nationals for the third-most wins in club history (2005-present) — and that’s with 18 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 9 entering play on Tuesday.

  • At 86-58 (.597), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (92-51, .643)…WSH ranks 2nd in the NL with a +152 run differential.
  • Washington’s 45-27 (.625) 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 18 games remaining in the regular season, will play half of its remaining games (9 of its remaining 18) at Nationals Park.

‘MET’ WITH LITTLE RESISTANCE
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy was 3-for-5 on Monday night, his 54th multi-hit game of the season and his 15th three-hit affair…With two doubles and a single on Monday, Murphy now has at least one hit in all 17 games the Nationals have played against the Mets this season, and is hitting .412 with five doubles, seven home runs, 21 RBI, four walks and 13 runs scored against his former team this season… According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 17-game streak ties the longest single-season run in history against the Mets (Rennie Stennett (1974), Luis Castillo (2002), & Dee Gordon (2015))…Also via Elias, the 17-game streak is the longest single-season hitting streak by a player against a team for which he played the previous season since Lou Brock hit safely in all 17 games he played for STL against CHI in 1965.

  • Murphy’s 44 doubles this season are the most in a single-season by a second baseman in Nationals history (2005-present)…Mark Grudzielanek (54, 1997) holds the franchise record (Nationals/Expos) for doubles in a season by a second baseman.
  • Murphy is the first Nationals player to tally 100 RBI since 1B Adam LaRoche drove in 100 in 2012, the fourth ever…Murphy also joined Ryan Zimmerman (2006, 110; 2009, 106), and Adam Dunn (2009, 105; 2010, 103) in the Nationals’ (2005-pres.) history books.
  • Murphy leads the Major Leagues in batting average (.347), and leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.990), doubles (44), hits (178), extra-base hits (T1st, 74), and multi-hit games (54)…He also ranks among NL hitters in RBI (2nd, 102).

FIRE FROM THE HOT CORNER
Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon continues to produce from the No. 5 spot in the Nationals’ order, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run (No. 18) in Monday night’s victory…Rendon, who leads National League third basemen in doubles (37) and ranks among the group in runs (3rd, 84), walks (T3rd, 61), OBP (5th, .353) & SLG (6th, .461), has driven in 29 runs from the No. 5 spot in Washington’s lineup — 10 more than from any other spot in which he’s hit.

  • Rendon’s 37 doubles rank tied for sixth in the National League and his 19 since the All-Star break are tied for 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 75 RBI this season…He’s averaging an RBI every 1.6 games since May 1 and is hitting .310 since the All-Star break.

NOT YOUR USUAL 20/20
Nationals SS Danny Espinosa was hit with a pitch in the fourth inning on Monday, the 20th time he’s reached base via a hit-by-pitch this season…Espinosa, who has clubbed 21 home runs this year as well, is the first switch-hitter in Major League history to go 20-20 with home runs and HBP…He is the 20th player in Major League history to accomplish the feat…Craig Biggio did it four times (most in MLB history) from 1995-2001.

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