Nationals Game Notes: September 27 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona Diamondbacks (65-91) vs. Washington Nationals (91-65)
RHP Matt Koch [1-1, 1.29] | RHP Max Scherzer [18-7, 2.82]
Tuesday, September 27 l Game #157 / Home #76 l Nationals Park l Washington, D.C. l 7:05 P.M.
Television: MASN l Radio: 106.7 The Fan & Nationals Radio Network
HOME STRETCH AT HOME
The 2016 National League East champion Washington Nationals will continue their final homestand of the regular season on Tuesday night, squaring off against the Arizona Diamondbacks for the second in a four-game set…Washington will close the schedule with three games against the Miami Marlins…At 46-29 (.613), the 2016 Nationals currently possess the third-best home winning percentage in club history (2005-present), behind the 2014 club (51-30, .630) and 2012 version (50-31, .617)
- 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).
ROUNDING OUT THE ROSTER
The Nationals recalled catcher Spencer Kieboom from Double-A Harrisburg on Tuesday, the first Major League assignment of Kieboom’s career…With the addition of Kieboom, the Nationals now have all 40 members of their 40-man roster active in the Major Leagues…Only RHP Aaron Barrett (60-day DL) remains inactive.
The 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 91-65 (.583), the Nationals boast the second-best record in the National League, trailing only the Chicago Cubs (100-56, .681).