Nationals Game Notes: September 26 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

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Arizona Diamondbacks (64-91) vs. Washington Nationals (91-64)
RHP Archie Bradley [7-9, 5.02] | RHP Tanner Roark [15-9, 2.70]
Monday, September 26 l Game #156 / Home #75 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network

The 2016 National League East champion Washington Nationals will open their final homestand of the regular season on Monday night, welcoming the Arizona Diamondbacks for a four-game set before closing the schedule with three games against the Miami Marlins…At 46-28 (.622), the 2016 Nationals currently possess the second-best home winning percentage in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2014 club (51-30, .630).

  • The Nationals completed their 2016 regular-season road slate on Sunday, topping the Pirates, 10-7, to finish with a 45-36 record away from Nationals Park…Their .556 winning percentage matches the 2014 Nationals as the second-best mark for any team in club history (2005-present), behind only the 2012 iteration (48-33, .593).

The Washington Nationals celebrated their third National League East title in the last five seasons, clinching the crown and a trip back to the Postseason on Saturday night at PNC Park.

  • Since 2012, Washington’s three division titles are tied for second-most in MLB behind the Los Angeles Dodgers (5)…The Detroit Tigers (2012-14) and the St. Louis Cardinals (2013-15) have also claimed three division crowns in this stretch.
  • This is the sixth division title Nationals Manager Dusty Baker has led his clubs to, joining the 1997 & 2000 San Francisco Giants, 2003 Chicago Cubs, 2010 & 2012 Cincinnati Reds.
  • Baker now joins Billy Martin and former Nationals skipper Davey Johnson as the only managers in Major League history to lead four different clubs to the Postseason.
  • At 91-64 (.587), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (99-56, .639).

2B Daniel Murphy (25), RF Bryce Harper (24), SS Danny Espinosa (23), C Wilson Ramos (22), and LF Jayson Werth (21) have all hit at least 20 home runs this season, making the Nationals one of six teams in the Major Leagues with at least five 20+ homer players (Baltimore: 6, Detroit: 5, Boston: 5, Texas: 5, Toronto: 5), and the only NL club.

  • According to Elias, if 3B Anthony Rendon (18), clubs two more home runs, the Nationals will tie an NL record with six 20+ home run hitters…The 1965 Milwaukee Braves and 2003 Atlanta Braves each had six players hit at least 20 home runs in the same season.
  • The 2016 Nationals are officially the most powerful in franchise history (Nationals/Expos) with Werth’s game-tying pinch-hit blast on Sunday serving as their 196th longball of the season — the most hit by any team in franchise history, and this in just 155 games…The 2012 Nationals hit 194 home runs in 162 games and the 2000 Expos hit 178 in 162 games.

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