Nationals Game Notes: September 18 at Atlanta Braves

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Washington Nationals (88-60) at Atlanta Braves (57-91) 

RHP Joe Ross [7-4, 3.49] | RHP Matt Wisler [6-12, 5.00]

Sunday, September 18 l Game #149 / Road #75 l Turner Field l Atlanta, GA l 1:35 P.M.

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

SERIES-LY SPEAKING

The Nationals and Braves will play the rubber match of their final series of the season on Sunday with Washington seeking its 13th road series win of the season and 26th overall series victory…The Nationals, who hold a 15-3 advantage in the season series against Atlanta, will play their final game at Turner Field Sunday afternoon…At 88-60 (.595), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-54, .634)…The Nationals rank second in the National League with a +153 run differential.

  • The Nationals’ current .568 (42-32) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593) and tied for the second-best in MLB (STL is first at 44-30, .595).
  • The Nationals have won 13 of their last 18, and since Aug. 29, Washington is tied with the New York Mets for the best record in the Major Leagues (13-5, .722).
  • Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is six, meaning any combination of six Nationals wins and Mets losses will secure the crown.

SO THAT’S WHY THEY CALL IT ‘TURNER’ FIELD

Nationals CF Trea Turner continued his torrid pace and his ridiculous stretch against ATL, going 3-for-4 on Saturday with the second multi-homer game of his career…He finished his 31st mult-hit game of the year with two HR, two RBI, two runs, a walk and a stolen base.

  • Turner stole his 27th base of the season on Saturday in his 59th game, making him just the 10th player in Major League history to steal 27 or more bases in a season, playing 60 games or fewer…Turner is the first to do it since 1991 (Ced Landrum, CHC, 27 SB).
  • Turner is now a career .395 hitter at the field that bears his name, with two doubles, five homers, 10 RBI, four stolen bases and 12 runs scored in nine games…His four HR at Turner Field this season tie the most hit here by a Nationals/Expos player in a single season (Jose Guillen, 2005)…Against the Braves this season (12G), Turner has dominated: .482 (27-for-56), five doubles, one triple, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases, 19 runs scored.
  • Among rookies who played at least 11 games vs. ATL in their first season,Turner’s six home runs rank T3rd all-time with Gary Carter (1975, MON) and Del Bissonette (1928, BRO).
  • His four-hit game on Friday made MLB history for a rookie: Via the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other rookie in modern MLB history with at least four hits, four runs scored, a home run, and two stolen bases in one game was the Giants’ Art Devlin (1904).
  • Now batting .356 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 plate appearances since George Watkins hit .373 for STL in 1930 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1970 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .356 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

ABOUT TO MAKE HISTORY

Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games dating to Sept. 2…During this streak, Murphy is hitting .415 (22-for-53) with nine doubles, six RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and seven runs scored.

  • With a double in the third inning on Saturday, Murphy tied two Nationals (2005-pres.) single-season recors: with 184 hits, tied Denard Span’s record for hits in a season (2014) and with 47 doubles, he tied Ryan Zimmerman’s record (2006).
  • Murphy has recorded four hitting streaks of at least 11 games this season, tied for the most in Major League Baseball (also: BOS 2B Dustin Pedroia).
  • Murphy leads the NL in slugging percentage (.598), OPS (.991), doubles (47), multi-hit games (56), and extra-base hits (T1st, 77)….He ranks among NL hitters in average (.348), hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).

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