Nationals Game Notes: September 19 at Miami Marlins
Washington Nationals (88-61) at Miami Marlins (74-75)
RHP A.J. Cole [1-2, 4.71] | LHP Wei-Yin Chen [5-4, 4.99]
Monday, September 19 l Game #150 / Road #76 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HELLO AGAIN, OLD FRIEND
The Nationals continue their three-city, nine-game, 11-day road trip as they open a three-game set at Marlins Park on Monday night…The Nationals and Marlins have already met 13 times this season, but haven’t played one another since May 22…The two teams will meet for six games before the regular season concludes…At 88-61 (.591), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the Major Leagues, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (94-55, .631).
- The Nationals’ current .560 (42-33) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
- Posting a 15-4 record against the Atlanta Braves this season, to whom the Nationals’ fell in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday, Washington tied its best season series record in club history (2005-pres.)…WSH has won 29 games against the Braves since the start of the 2015 season, the most one team has defeated an Atlanta-era club in a two-season span.
- 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.
LEAVING HIS MARK
Perhaps if he’d played there more, the talk about Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner and his strong performances at the field that bears his name would be louder, but in the time he had at Turner Field, Trea made his opportunities count…In his 10 career games at the soon-to-be previous home of the Braves, Turner hit .390 (16-for-41) with two doubles, one triple, five home runs, 10 RBI, four stolen bases, three walks, and 13 runs scored…Vs. ATL this year, Turner hit .475 (28-for-59) with five doubles, two triples, six HR, 16 RBI, seven stolen bases and 20 runs scored.
- Since the All-Star break, Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), hits (T1st, 88), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), tied for third in runs (48), fourth in batting average (.353), and sixth in slugging percentage (.590).
- 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).
- 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 .355 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 .355 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.
FINDING HIS WAY INTO NATIONALS HISTORY
Nationals 2B Daniel Murphy has hit safely in 14 straight games (matching his career-high) 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 records: 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 Major Leagues in batting average (T1st, .348)…He 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 hits (2nd, 184), and RBI (2nd, 104).