Nationals Game Notes: September 20 at Miami Marlins

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Washington Nationals (88-62) at Miami Marlins (75-75)
RHP Tanner Roark [15-8, 2.75] | RHP Jose Fernandez [15-8, 2.99]
Tuesday, September 20 l Game #151 / Road #77 l Marlins Park l Miami, FL l 7:10 P.M.
Television: MASN2 l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

PUTTING ON THE BRAKES
The Nationals will send RHP Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday night looking to halt their three-game skid…Washington has been quite adept in these situations this season: the Nationals have endured only three losing streaks of four games or more this year, and only two of those three went past the fourth game.

  • At 88-62 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (95-55, .633).
  • The Nationals’ current .553 (42-34) road winning percentage is the second-best in Nationals history (2005-pres.) behind the 2012 Nationals (48-33, .593), and third-best in MLB.
  • With 12 games remaining in the regular season, Washington’s “magic number” to clinch the National League East division title is down to five, meaning any combination of five Nationals wins or Mets losses will secure the crown.

RO-ARK DE TRIOMPHE
Speaking of Tuesday’s starter, RHP Tanner Roark returns to the mound seeking his career-best 16th victory of the season…Roark earned his 15th win on Wednesday, matching a career-high (2014)…He tossed 7.0 shutout innings over the Mets, marking his ninth outing of 7.0 (or more) shutout innings — the most such starts in Major League Baseball and most in a single season in Nationals history (2005-pres.)…Over his last four starts, Roark has recorded a 1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) with a 2-1 record.

  • Roark’s 15 wins rank him tied for the fifth-most in the National League, and his 2.75 ERA is the fifth-best mark in the Major Leagues…Teammate RHP Max Scherzer ranks sixth in MLB with a 2.78 ERA.

TURN-ING THE TABLES
Since the All-Star break, Nationals INF/OF Trea Turner leads the National League in total bases (147), and triples (T1st, 7)…He ranks second in stolen bases (27), third in hits (88), fourth in batting average (.348), tied for fifth in runs (48), and seventh in slugging percentage (.581).

  • Turner has made himself quite at home at the ballpark that bears his name, Turner Field…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.
  • 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 .350 this season, Turner’s average is the highest by a rookie with at least 260 at-bats since Ichiro Suzuki hit .350 for SEA in 2001 (per Baseball Reference)…Since 1960 only one player has posted an average higher than Turner’s .350 during his age 23 season: Albert Pujols, who hit .359 for St. Louis in in 2003.

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